Saturday, July 28, 2007

Lone Survivor ~ Rescue Team

It is our great honor and privelege to celebrate the lives

given so unselfishly that we may all live in freedom.

In the book Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell tells the story of the brave Special Operations warriors from the Army 160th SOAR, Navy SEAL Team 10 and Navy SEAL Team 1, who lost their lives attempting a rescue of the four members of Navy SEAL Team 10 embattled in the mountains in Afghanistan.

An MH-47 Chinook helicopter carrying 8 US Navy SEALs and 8 Nightstalkers - members of the Army's elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) attempted to come to their rescue to provide extraction in the mountains of the Kunar province, Afghanistan.

The helicopter they were riding in was shot down just as they were getting ready to fast rope down onto the mountain. As the helicopter tilted back for the insert and the ropes fell away for the climbdown, a rocket propelled grenade was shot through the open ramp of the MH-47 helicopter. It hit the fuel tanks, which turned the helicopter into an inferno and blew many of them out, where they fell to their deaths.

Nothing remained except scattered debris. No survivors.

The lost warriors are: (click on their names to read their stories.)

US Army 160th SOAR

Major Steve Reich

Chief Warrant Officer Chris Scherkenback

Chief Warrant Officer Corey Goodnature

Master Sergeant James Ponder

Sergeant First Class Marcus Muralles

Sergeant First Class Michael Russell

Staff Sergeant Shamus Goare

Sergeant Kip Jacoby

SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1

Senior Chief Daniel Healy

Petty Officer Second Class James Suh

Petty Officer Second Class Shane Patton

SEAL Team 10

Lieutenant Commander Eric Kristensen

Lieutenant Michael McGreevy

Chief Petty Officer Jacques Fontan

Petty Officer Jeff Lucas

Petty Officer First Class Jeff Taylor

To Read the Review of Lone Survivor, Click Here.


Brandon said...

is there any way that i could get into contact with the families of these guys. there is one family that i would really like to talk to.

Flag Gazer said...

Brandon - some of the units have liaisons with the families, so perhaps, contacting the unit directly...