Leslie Funk was born on July 27, 1944, in Aberdeen, Washington. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve on October 9, 1962, and went on active duty beginning June 11, 1964. Funk next completed basic training and Signalman training before attending Basic Underwater Demolition Team Replacement Accession training at NAB Coronado, California, from January to May 1965. His first assignment was with Underwater Demolition Team TWELVE (UDT-12) at NAB Coronado from May 1965 to March 1967, and during this time he deployed with his Team to Southeast Asia from May to December 1965, and from August 1966 to March 1967. Petty Officer Funk then served with SEAL Team ONE at NAB Coronado from March to August 1967, and then deployed with his Team to Southeast Asia from August 1967 until he drowned in the Dong Tau River, just southeast of Nha Be, in Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam, on October 6, 1967. Leslie Funk was buried at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen, Washington.
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I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
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