Boise State honors fallen sailor

Posted at 9:25 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 08:03:20-05

At Friday night's Boise State football game, one man was recognized for his sacrifice, not on the football field, but on the battlefield.

Seth Douangdara was not born in Boise, but he has been a longtime Broncos fan. Though Friday Seth was bleeding blue and orange for BSU, he was at the game because his son, Navy Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class John Douangara, bled for the United States.

During his time overseas, John handled dogs for Seal Team 6. In Aug. 2011, he and 29 other American military members died when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. 

When leaders with the Idaho Veterans Garden met Seth in Iowa and learned he was a Broncos fan but had never seen a game in person, they knew they had to do something.

"He deserves the best," Dan Pugmire with the Idaho Veterans Garden says. "He deserves every single thing we can give him."

After a few phone calls and a 24-hour drive, Seth finally got to see the blue turf up close.

Besides getting free tickets to the game, Seth got to meet the athletic director inside the Stueckle Sky Center. 

While his son may have passed away more than five years ago, Seth knows Boise still remembers his sacrifice.