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Old 28 June 2008, 20:37
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Operation Redwing 28 Jun 2005 19 Americans KIA Afghanistan

Lest we forget, there sacrifice to this nation. Thank-you for your service!

Operation Redwing anniversary

Posted By Uncle Jimbo

Three years ago today 19 brave men gave their lives on Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. It was the most tragic day in Naval Special Warfare history and devastated the 160th SOAR as well. Godspeed to all these men and their families. We leave on Monday for Denver for a 4th of July event and some time with the family of Danny Dietz as the first part of our tribute to these men. Marcus' book tells the story in Afghanistan we aim to tell more about the men who lived great lives before that day.

There is a memorial today in San Diego and most of the families will be there. Marcus Luttrell will throw out the first pitch at the Padres game.

Eleven Navy SEALs and eight Army commandos died June 28, 2005, during a battle between U.S. forces and Taliban fighters in the Konar province of Afghanistan. The dead included men trained, stationed or living in San Diego County. Only Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Luttrell survived. He will throw the first pitch at tomorrow's Padres game. The tribute will include Navy Leap Frogs parachuting into Petco Park and a fly-by of four Navy F-18 fighter jets

SEAL Team:

Lt. Michael P. Murphy

Petty Officer Matthew Axelson

Petty Officer Second Class Danny Dietz

The service members killed-in-action on the crashed helicopter include:


Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio

Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minnesota.

Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Florida

Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Indiana

Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tennessee

Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Connecticut.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Virginia

Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Florida


Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, Louisiana

Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, New Hampshire

Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, California

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Oregon

Lt. Michael M. McGreevy, Jr., 30, of Portville, New York

Petty Officer 2nd Class James E. Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Florida

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, West Virginia

Petty Officer Second Class Eric Shane Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nevada

Rest now gentlemen and enjoy a drink in the Hall of Heroes
"And the fallen Angels took to flight transformed into fierce beasts, and fell upon their prey" Dante
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