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U.S. military searches for missing SEAL

Pentagon identifies remains of 2 commandos in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. military personnel are looking for a missing Navy SEAL in the mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan.

The SEAL was part of a four-man reconnaissance team that called in for reinforcements last week near the Afghan-Pakistan border. Two other members of the team were killed, while a third survived.

A U.S. military helicopter crashed June 28 while bringing in those reinforcements, killing all 16 service members on board.

The U.S. military has said it believes insurgents shot down the chopper.

On Wednesday, the Defense Department identified the two dead SEALS as Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colorado, and Lt. Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, New York.

Dietz was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Murphy was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Defense Department said.

Their bodies were found Monday during a combat search and rescue operation in Afghanistan's Kunar province. (Full story)

The deaths of the two SEALS and the 16 service members aboard the chopper represented the worst single-day death toll for U.S. forces since the Afghan war began almost four years ago. (Casualties identified)

Details began to emerge Wednesday about the fourth SEAL's rescue.

Military officials said the blast of a rocket detonation during fighting with insurgents knocked the SEAL off his feet, causing him to slide down a mountainside in steep terrain.

He then eluded the insurgents in the area, officials said.

Officials said they believe Dietz and Murphy died around the same time.

CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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