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Wake to be held Thursday for Navy SEAL Jonathan Kaloust

Friends and family pay tribute to fallen U.S.

Friends and family pay tribute to fallen U.S. Navy Seal Jonathan H. Kaloust at his interment at Long Island National Cemetery. The Massapequa native was killed in a training accident at Fort Knox, KY. (May 24, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp

A wake is being held on Thursday on Long Island for U.S. Navy SEAL Jonathan H. Kaloust, the Massapequa native who was killed in a training accident last week at Fort Knox, Ky.

The Kaloust family will be receiving visitors from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Massapequa Funeral Home, at 1050 Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park, the funeral home said.

There will at service at the home at 10:30 a.m. Friday and burial will follow at Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn, the funeral home said.

Kaloust, 23, a star wrestler at Massapequa High School, was killed when a Humvee that was part of an on-base convey overturned on May 15, military officials said. Five other Navy SEALS and two sailors sustained minor injuries in the accident and were released from a hospital, said Lt. David Lloyd, a SEAL spokesman.

Kaloust, a special warfare operator 3rd class, was based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Norfolk, Va. He joined the Navy in March 2011, according to a statement provided by the military.

He grew up in Massapequa, attending Lockhart Elementary School, Berner Middle School and Massapequa High School. He lettered in wrestling all four years in high school, won two league championships and served as team captain, the statement said.

He got a bachelor's degree in political science from Binghamton University.

He is survived by his parents, Gary and Irene Kaloust, and his sister, Melanie, of Massapequa, the military said.

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