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Old 9 June 2011, 00:54
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Pedro 66

One year ago.

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Old 9 June 2011, 03:13
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Hawkdriver, sorry for your loss. Hoisting a pint to your brothers.

I had a lot of very good friends from 2/7 who were in Sangin around the same time frame. Nasty spot. Also heard nothing but great things about the Royal Marines they served with.
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Old 9 June 2011, 03:31
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RIP men, you won't be forgotten.

Hawk, sorry for your loss. It never ceased to amaze me the shit those guys will fly into to bail us out, these men set a fine example.

X2 on the Royal Marines, damn good guys under fire, and they sure know how to make the best of every situation.
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Old 9 June 2011, 10:00
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Aircrews have been busting their asses to help us grunts for decades, and it is greatly appreciated.
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Old 9 June 2011, 11:55
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RIP Warriors and medics of Pedro 66.

The Royal Marines have always been top notch in my book...
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Old 9 June 2011, 16:18
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Rest in Peace Warriors. You are not forgotten!
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Old 9 June 2011, 16:31
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Rest easy brother SAR Dogs. We'll take it from here.
I will raise a pint to you gentlemen tonight.
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Old 9 June 2011, 18:44
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Old 5 November 2011, 23:57
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During the AFA/Army game at half-time today, some of the Rescue folks from the 23rd were presented medals I believe were in relation to this incident. CPT Halladay (sp?) CRO got the BSw/V, a PJ got a BSw/V and another got the DFC w/V. Sorry I didn't make better note of all the names, but when I heard Pedro 66 mentioned it got a little dusty there and I remembered I had read about it here. The DFC PJ was in Pedro 67 that went in right after 66 went down.

Oh, and AF won the game...damnit! But it was a good one! RIP to the fallen, never forgotten, and thank you to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Old 6 November 2011, 11:18
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Old 6 November 2011, 11:31
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Thank you for your service and sacrifice to this nation.
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Old 6 November 2011, 12:57
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Old 7 November 2011, 21:24
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RIP to the fallen. Great job, Marines. I'll drink a Kronenbourg 1664 for those guys.
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Old 8 November 2011, 07:44
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Old 12 June 2019, 19:58
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Will never forget you guys.
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Rest easy brothers.
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I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.
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Old 12 June 2019, 22:13
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Thank you for your service, Brothers! I am hoisting an ice cold beer in your honor as we speak! Rest in Peace.
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RIP Warriors.
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Old 13 June 2019, 06:13
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Hawkdriver- most don't realize that not only are our teammates important, but you build a relationship with the different aircraft and their 'personalities' as well. Here's the 'rest of the story' with that jinxed 60G...

Back in 2002, we had a HH-60G roll down Mt. Hood during a mountain recovery. This was widely publicized (footage is still on YouTube), and the aircraft was nicknamed "Snowball". It was then totally refurbished and placed back into service. When Portland eventually shut re-organized its aircraft resources, they were then sent to Davis Monthan AZ.

Fast forward to 2010, in Kandahar AFG. I'm a Portland PJ meeting up with our aircrews, and we start flying. Flying with the doors open and hanging halfway out of the Pave Hawk, we see a 'New Belgium Brewing' sticker on the inside panel next to the Gunner...

I thought it may be just a coincidence, but when we verified the tail number 89-26201, we couldn't believe it- it was Snowball, and once again, we were flying with her and our kneez in the breeze!

Our rotation was about up, and after months of flying even around Bastion, Spin Boldak, and Tarin Kowt, I can't recall a flight that was extremely extraordinary. Our incoming crew arrived, and after BSing with them and getting the younger ones up to speed, we rotated out. At least 2 of them were former students of mine, so it was a good reunion with the newby PJ's.

Within 2 weeks of their deployment, their Pave Hawk was shot down, and most know the details of that incident. What most do not know, is that the same aircraft that rolled down Mt. Hood in 2002, had been refurbished and placed back into service, the one that we had missed and were excited to get back into, was the one that took the RPG to the tail rotor. That aircraft just could not catch a break.

Here's to you, Pedro 66, and to you as well, Snowball.
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