Kevin Ebbert was born on January 23, 1980, in Arcata, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 7, 2005, and went on active duty to begin basic training on May 2, 2006. Ebbert completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in June 2006, followed by Navy Hospital Corpsman School at Great Lakes from June to October 2006. He next attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training at NAB Coronado, California, from October 2006 to October 2007, and advanced SEAL training from October 2007 to May 2008. His first assignment was with SEAL Team FOUR at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, from May 2008 until he was killed in action while deployed to Afghanistan on November 24, 2012.
His 2nd Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:
For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as a SEAL operator, for Special Operations Task Force-SOUTHEAST, in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from September to November 2012. During this period, Petty Officer Ebbert conducted 10 joint and combined combat operations inside Taliban safe havens. On 24 November, he was the support element team leader during an 87-man combined Special Operations Kandak and United States Special Operations Forces foot patrol. While maneuvering through demanding and hostile terrain to their overwatch position, his element received effective small arms fire from a close-range enemy ambush. Although wounded in the opening exchange of the ambush, he directed his element to move to cover and suppress the enemy located 25 meters above. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he calmly notified the command and control position of the situation. Simultaneously, he moved to a tactically advantageous position, passed the friendly position to airborne assets and started to coordinate suppressive fire when he was mortally wounded by insurgent small arms fire. His actions afforded his teammates the opportunity to seek cover from the insurgent fire and absolutely prevented additional loss of life. By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Petty Officer Ebbert reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.