August 12th, 2011
07:55 AM ET

The stories of those who lost their lives in Chinook crash

Editor's note: For more details of those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan please visit our Home & Away interactive feature. You can also click on the names of those who died in the Chinook crash below to leave a message or memorial. You can also click here to learn more about each of those who died and what their family members had to say about them.

[Updated Friday at 7:53 a.m. ET] The U.S. Defense Department released the names of U.S. military personnel killed in Saturday's downing of a helicopter in Afghanistan.

Thirty-eight people were killed in that attack, eight of them Afghan military personnel. It was the single largest loss of life for U.S. troops since the Afghan war began in late 2001.

Of the 30 Americans, 17 were Navy SEALs.  Twenty-two of the dead were U.S. Navy personnel, the Pentagon said.  Fifteen were SEALs belonging to the top-secret unit that conducted the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at a compound in Pakistan.  Two others were SEALs assigned to a regular naval special operations unit.

Five were so-called conventional forces with particular specialties who regularly worked with the SEALs. The other eight U.S. troops killed were three Air Force forward air controllers and five Army helicopter crew members.

NATO said it killed the militants responsible for the attack.  Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid rejected that, saying a NATO airstrike killed a separate group of insurgents.

The following list was provided by the Defense Department:

The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:

Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.

The Shreveport native was in charge of Saturday’s mission in Wardak province near Kabul. His father, John Kelsall, who heads Lakewood, California’s, Chamber of Commerce, told CNN affiliate KTLA in a statement, “The country will never understand the level of service those guys gave us.” KABC reported that Kelsall, 33, was trained in San Diego, and he met his wife of three years while attending the University of Texas.

Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.

Langlais enlisted in the Navy in June 1986 and began training to be a part of the SEAL team three years later. After joining the Navy Parachute team for three years, he moved on to serve in several East Coast-based SEAL teams for 10 years, according to the Navy.

During his service, Langlais received four Bronze Stars with distinction for valor, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, medals for his work in the war on terror and for his marksmanship, among many other medals and ribbons.

Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.

The 34-year-old Green Forest, Arkansas, native had a motto, according to CNN affiliate KYTV: “There’s two ways to do things: Do them right or do them again.”

Ratzlaff enlisted in 1995 and served in two Special Warfare Units during his time, according to the Navy. During that time, he received several awards, including the Bronze Star Medal with Combat for valor. Ratzlaff leaves behind two sons – 6 and 11 years old – and a wife who is expecting the couple’s third child in November. KYTV spoke to his high school teachers. He played middle linebacker for the football team. Science teacher Bruce Culver joked that he was the best at dissecting frogs, and his friend Kevin Disheroon told the station that Ratzlaff always wanted to be a SEAL. He went to boot camp just weeks after his 1995 graduation from high school.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers, 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii

More than 200 surfers paddled off Sandbridge – one of Vickers’ favorite spots for stand-up paddling – and locked hands in honor of the 36-year-old Navy SEAL who rode the waves of Virginia Beach, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

Vickers was stationed in Virginia Beach and lived there with his pregnant wife and three children - 4, 7 and 18 years old. Back in his hometown of Maui, Hawaii, friends and family also fondly remembered the brawny former high school wrestler and football player. Mary Jane Vickers told CNN affiliate KITV that her son was a good Christian and family man, not to mention a “devoted father, son and serviceman.” Following Tuesday’s “paddle out” in Virginia Beach, those attending whooped, splashed and cast hundreds of flowers into the ocean.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.

The Stamford, Connecticut, native was a man of ambition. The chief petty officer and SEAL was a mountaineer who wanted to complete the seven summits – the highest peak on each continent – and he wanted to one day be an astronaut, CNN affiliate WFSB reported. He also was a skier, a pilot and a triathlete, his stepfather, Michael Parry, said, further describing Bill as thoughtful, compassionate and “remarkably gifted.” A graduate of Norwich University in Vermont, Bill played tennis, soccer and hockey in high school, and coaches said there was a quiet toughness about him.

"We're mourning, if anything else, his unfulfilled dreams,” Parry said during a news conference.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Faas enlisted in the Navy in 1999 and became a SEAL in 2001.

Among many awards, he earned three Bronze Stars with valor distinctions and a National Defense Service medal, according to the Navy.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.

The Cape Cod native lived in Chesapeake, Virginia, with his wife and three children, according to CNN affiliate WVEC. In 1994, he graduated from high school (where he captained his football team) in a wheelchair after having a nasty motorcycle accident. He became a SEAL a few years later.

“He was born to do this job." his mother told the station. "He’d do it all over again.”

Just weeks ago, according to CNN affiliate WTKR, Houston gave an American flag - which he’d worn under his armor during his last three Afghanistan tours – to veteran Chris Kelly, a man who inspired him. Kelly told the station he was too heartbroken to be interviewed.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.

The Navy SEAL's former high school peer Eric Marshall, now the vice principal of their Kearny, Missouri, alma mater, said he remembers Mason as “a tough kid.”

“It didn't surprise anybody that he was able to have that type of success, and achieve Navy SEAL status," Marshall told CNN affiliate KSHB-TV.

John Ball, one of Mason’s former teachers and football coaches, told KSHB-TV that someone approached him asking if he remembered Mason, who graduated in 1992 before moving on to Northwest Missouri State University, where he played baseball. Ball said he immediately remembered his former student and his occupation. “I looked at him and said ‘Don’t tell me, don’t tell me, don’t tell me,’ ” Ball told KSHB-TV. Mason lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with his two sons and his wife, who is expecting a third child in November, KSHB-TV reported.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas

The father of three children – 1, 13 and 18 years old - had a tremendous sense of humor, friends and family told CNN affiliate WTKR, and the 14-year Navy veteran loved being a SEAL. A sister of the 36-year-old chief petty officer told CNN affiliate KVUE that he never bragged about being a SEAL, despite a decade in the elite force.

“He loved his teammates as brothers. He'll always be remembered as a loving person,” Ashley Mills told the station.

His cousin, J.B. Abbott, told KVUE that the central Texas native was “very proud and very brave.”

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.

Null, 30, enlisted in the navy in 2000 and had been a SEAL since 2009, according to a bio from the United States Navy.

Originally from West Virginia, Null's many ribbons, medals and awards included two Bronze Stars, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.

The 32-year-old chief petty officer grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, with Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall, who was in charge of the Afghanistan mission that ended with Saturday’s helicopter crash. They went to school, played soccer and became Navy SEALs together. On a Facebook page set up in Reeves’ memory, one poster said, “You could always make the boys laugh, dude.”

Another described him as “sweet, funny and kind-hearted … More than anything, though, Rob was most passionate about the Navy and his role as a SEAL.”

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Mich.

Robinson enlisted in the Navy in 1996 and completed SEAL training in Coronado, California, in 2000. He moved from the West Coast in 2004 to serve on four East Coast special warfare units, according to the Navy.

Robinson earned four Bronze Stars, three of which had special distinctions for valor, in addition to many other medals and awards.

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.

He was born and raised in Angwin, a small town in Napa County, California, so it was natural that people wanted to know about his SEAL training. Those who knew him, however, say he was low-key and not one to talk about himself, CNN affiliate KGO-TV reported. He went to a private high school, where he was a good student and athlete.

Benson joined the Navy in September 2001, and he became a SEAL in 2003, according to the Navy. Benson has earned a Bronze Star and a Presidential Unit Citation, as well as many other medals, awards and ribbons.

His grandfather, Carlyle Benson, told affiliate KTVU that he recently earned his commercial pilot’s license and wanted to be a pilot after he left the military. Darrik Benson served in the Navy for 12 years, and Carlyle Benson said he was “a fine boy” and “one of the top men in his group.” He met his wife, Kara, in San Diego, and she moved to Virginia with their 3-year-old son to be closer to him.

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.

The Navy SEAL, 36, from Jacksonville, North Carolina, told his family that if he were killed in the line of duty, he would want a donation made to the Wounded Warrior Project, according to CNN affiliate WNCT. His high school friend, Joe Baile, told CNN affiliate WCTI that years would go by between their visits, but “then we'd be at somebody's house and they'd stop by when everyone was home for Christmas or something like that and play basketball together.”

Joe’s dad, Jack, coached Campbell’s high school football team. He recalled that Campbell was small for football when he joined the team his junior year, but “he didn’t have a whole lot of fear of anything.”

Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah

Day enlisted in 2002, according to his Navy bio. He served at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic Detachment in Keflavik, Iceland, until July 2004, then began SEAL training.

He had been part of the East Coast SEAL team since 2007. He earned a Joint Combat Commendation Medal with a distinction for valor, an Army Commendation Medal, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, and several other medals, ribbons and awards.

Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.

Douangara, a native of Sioux City, Nebraska, enlisted in the Navy in 2003 and joined his East Coast SEAL team in 2008.

He earned a Bronze Star with a distinction for valor, a Presidential Unit Citation and many other awards.

Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.

Charles Strange told CNN affiliate WPVI that three SEALs delivered news of his son’s death to his Mayfair, Pennsylvania, home Saturday. Michael Strange, a 25-year-old petty officer, was on his third tour in Afghanistan, and his brother said Michael – a member of SEAL Team 6 - always wanted to be in the military. Sources told the station that in addition to his parents and two siblings, Michael Strange also left behind a fiancée. He had just purchased a home in Virginia.

"Michael loved this country, he loved Philadelphia, he loved North Catholic [High School, where he graduated], he loved Mayfair, he loved his friends." his father said.

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa

The town of Rockford, Iowa, is proud to call Tumilson one of its sons. The 35-year-old Navy SEAL graduated from high school in 1995, but neighbors recall his holiday visits as he was often seen jogging through town, CNN affiliate KCCI reported. Tom Dow, who has known Tumilson’s family for years, told another affiliate, KIMT, that Tumilson was “young, full of life, good-looking kid, big and strong, real nice boy.”  Neighbor Leann Ginther said he was a hero.

“Just the fact that he sacrificed his life for all of us back here … I guess that’s what freedom is, is them doing that for us, but way too young of a guy to be losing his life,” she said.

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla.

Kimberly Vaughn met Aaron Vaughn in Guam when she traveled there with the Washington Redskins cheerleaders to entertain the troops. She said she last spoke with her husband the day before the fatal crash and, Kimberly Vaughan said, “We got to tell each other we loved each other, so it was a great conversation to have.” Kimberly Vaughn said she still plans to build their home in Virginia Beach, where she will raise their two children. His wife described her husband as a “warrior for Christ, and he was a warrior for our country, and he wouldn’t want to leave this Earth any other way than how he did.”

"Even if you could tell him that this would have happened, he would have done it anyway," she said.

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah

The Navy SEAL was one of four brothers, the oldest a West Point graduate, according to CNN affiliate KTVX. Workman grew up in Blanding, Utah, and gained a reputation as a compassionate guy who worked hard and loved sports. Family friend Rick Eldredge said of the 32-year-old petty officer first class, “He would do anything to help the guy across the table from him. … He was just willing to do anything for anybody, and he's proven by giving his life to this country," affiliate KSL-TV reported.

Late last year, Workman, who has served in the Navy for eight years, returned home to train police officers, the station reported. He was planning to do so again in December. His family released a statement saying he loved his job and was “the best of the best.” He left behind a 21-month-old son.

The following sailors assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, Calif.

Pittman enlisted in the Navy in March 2005 and completed SEAL training in March 2006, according to the Navy.

Pittman reported to the the Naval Special Warfare Training Center Detachment in Kodiak, Alaska. He returned to the West Coast SEAL team in 2007.

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minn.

Spehar enlisted in the Navy in 2007.

He became a SEAL in 2008 and was a member of the West Coast SEAL team, according to the Navy. Among his many awards, Spehar earned an Army Commendation Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

The soldiers killed were:

Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Aurora, Colo.

The National Guardsman had dreamed of being a pilot since his high school days in Kansas, CNN affiliate KDVR reported. He was a chief warrant officer at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo. “He was flying our nation’s elite forces into combat and, as an aviator, for him that is what he wanted to do,” Col. Chris Petty, a fellow pilot and Carter’s friend, told KDVR.

Carter’s family friend Yolanda Levesque spoke at a news conference in Centennial, Colorado, on a hilltop selected because its view of the surrounding hills was one of Carter’s favorites, according to KDVR. “He was an outstanding husband and father, son, brother and soldier,” Levesque said. “He was a friend to all who met him ... quick with a smile and always with a twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes.”

Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan.  He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.

Bryan Nichols always wanted to be a solider. His father was in the Army and fought in Vietnam, his ex-wife Jessica Nichols said. Bryan and Jessica met in sixth grade, and she said he enlisted in the military before they had graduated high school. Nichols worked his way up through the ranks, and eventually piloted a helicopter with which he’d had a boyhood fascination. “He came across the Chinook …” she recalled. “His father flew Chinooks.” During the years Bryan and Jessica were married, he did three deployments. She had their son, Braydon, who is now 10. Bryan and Jessica’s marriage ended amicably, and he remarried.

Together with Bryan’s new wife, the three helped raised Braydon. The little boy dreamed also of flying one day, alongside his father, Jessica Nichols said. The boy, instead, posted an iReport on Saturday about his fallen father, in the hopes that the world would never forget him.

Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Neb.

Chris Hamburger said his brother Patrick knew he was about to embark on an important and secret mission when he spoke to his family for the last time.  A helicopter flight engineer, he arrived in Afghanistan for his first tour of duty just days before the crash. Patrick Hamburger had a 2-year-old daughter with Candie Reagan, whom he was planning to marry when he returned to Nebraska next May, his brother said.  He was also helping raise Reagan's 13-year-old daughter. Hamburger sent an e-mail to Reagan the day before his death.

"Please don't worry about me," Hamburger wrote.  He added, "this place isn't going to change me, I'm going to change this place."

Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash.  He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.

After his 2009 deployment to Iraq, the Army specialist moved from Tacoma, Washington, to Overland Park, Kansas, to learn how to be a Chinook mechanic. Sgt. 1st Class Kirk Kuykendall, who was at home in Overland Park recuperating from a helicopter crash himself, told CNN affiliate KCTV that he served with Bennett in Iraq and considered him like a son.

“You wouldn't find a better flight engineer or soldier. … Wherever Alex goes, I will go so I can pay my final respects,” Kuykendall said. Bennett loved cars and the military, and pal Edward Tuck fondly recalled in a KOMO interview the time they spent under the hood of a Honda talking about life.

Another friend, Jessica Hall, told the station that Bennett was always smiling and joking. "He died doing exactly what he loved, she said. “Alex was a hero.”

Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan.  He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.

Duncan left his hometown in Kansas because he wanted to serve his country, The Olathe News reported.

"He wrote how much he loved his job as a door gunner on a Chinook helicopter," the local paper said. "But he also told his friends that in the quiet amid the stark landscape of Afghanistan, he missed the Kansas sunsets, lying in a truck bed listening to the radio and cuddling with his sweetie."

The airmen, who were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C. that were killed were:

Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.

The technical sergeant from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, studied pre-med before joining the U.S. Air Force to become a pararescueman, his mother, Elizabeth Newlun told CNN affiliate KFSM. His friend, Jon Woods, told the station that Brown was popular, athletic and loved a challenge. “He was just an all-American G.I. Joe, just a great guy who loved his country,” Woods said.

Newlun read KFSM a letter that Brown’s uncle had written, describing the airman as “Rambo without the attitude” and “brave but never arrogant, powerful but always gentle.” He was married and had no children.

Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.

The combat controller with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron was not only a "bad-ass warrior" but also, a loving husband to wife Krista and caring father to sons Hunter and Ethan, his wife said in a statement.

"We will miss him forever but we take solace knowing he gave his life serving his country and fighting for what he believed was right."

Harvell was stationed at Pope Air Force Base, which this year was merged with Fort Bragg, before heading to Afghanistan, according to the Air Force.

Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa.

The 28-year-old Air Force medic joined the military right after graduating from high school in 2001, according to CNN affiliate WGAL-TV. A native of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, who wrestled and played football, Zerbe was a team player who could always be counted on, his former football coach told the station. His friend, Mike Vogel, who joined the Marines after high school, called Zerbe an “absolute hero,” and Red Lion schools superintendent released a statement, saying, “Dan wanted to make a difference in the world, so he joined the military,” according to CNN affiliate WHTM.

soundoff (1,049 Responses)
  1. Bill. retired military

    R.I.P. my brothers.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mar

    I agree with you one hundred percent! especially when you know the truth that those dead imperialist soldiers who americans think are hero's had just killed taliban members who were observing ramadan! not one tear shed here!

    August 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott


      August 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Leslie

      The deaths of these fine young men is a tragedy beyond words. This is a dangerous and unstable world and it's people like these that stand between us in the Western world and total chaos. We in Canada also mourn for your countrymen and their families. NWT,Canada.

      August 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Sad

      I have to tell you, you are correct about one thing. The giggling you hear as you walk by...we are laughing at you. To think that you actually believe the drivel you spout.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    " If I die in a combat zone. Box me up and send me home. Tell my Mom I did my best. Pin my medals upon my chest and bury me in the leaning rest."... Rest in Peace Brothers. Hooah !!

    August 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Skylar100

    Rest in peace brothers

    August 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Angi S

    The photo used in this article was not even questioned by CNN. The media coverage was banned out of respect to the wishes of the family members, which also meant no photos. However, the whitehouse brought along their personal photographer to make sure President Obama got his photo op...disgusting.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • 7113

      Nobama will do anything for 2 cents of PR. Rest in Peace my Brothers.

      Semper fi

      August 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sacratese

      Didn't know there was something wrong and illegal about Obama being photographed saluting. People always want to find something about the guy even when it's right. Any President in office would've done the same thing. Why can't you see it as he's paying his respects for the loss of some amazing people who got their lives taking away while fighting for the freedoms you happy take advantage of.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dbie

      You are obviously unfamiliar with the regulations surrounding press coverage when remains are returned to Dover. For several years, press coverage was not allowed at all. About 2 years ago, that decision was reversed and left up to the families in most cases. Because of the heightened coverage of these deaths (mainly because ST6 killed Osama even though none of those men were involved in this particular mission), the DoD/Pentagon announced that there would be NO media allowed at Dover. The President ignored this order, allowed the White House photog to attend, and then published the photo as the "photo of the day" yesterday.

      This was nothing but a publicity stunt on Obama's part. To the best of my knowledge, Bush never met the planes at Dover, nor did he attend the funerals, out of respect for the families. He did, however, always extend them an invite to the White House for a personal meeting at their convenience.

      Research before you speak.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. military wife

    My heart is breaking for these families. God bless you. I have a soldier serving now there and i cry everyday because of the violence there.
    No words can say thank you enough for the sacrifice made from each of these men and their families. But thank you and im so sorry.
    I pray all our soldiers come home safe. That is my prayer every day of my life.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. henry

    "KYTV spoke to his professors in high school, where he played middle linebacker for the football team, and many had fond memories of him. Science teach Bruce Culver joked that he was the best at dissecting frogs, and his friend Kevin Disheroon told the station that he always wanted to be a SEAL."
    Deteriorating piece of journalism from CNN.
    His professors in high school??
    Science teach Bruce Culver??
    and so on..

    August 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jojo

    Wow. What happened in your childhood that erased any sense of decency or compassion in you? This world would be a better place if ugly people like you would keep your hateful comments in your tiny little brain. All things thought need not be said.

    I would like to counter Tupac's lovely message by thanking these heroes for their ultimate sacrifice. The world is a better place because men (and women) like you exist. You will be missed.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mar

      wow! just the truth about america and its apartheid based society jojo! but you americans,especially the white ones will tell one lie after another on how great the people of america are when you all are simply bigots who love to steal the resources of the planet. now you are trying to do it under the disguise of democracy in Libya!

      no one feels sorry for american soldiers! except you bigoted americans. I am sure that not one native american indian,inuit eskimo or southwest mexican does either.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KH

      I challenge you to a duel, sir.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dbie

      YEAH! You tell 'em MAR!
      Especially those Native Americans currently serving in our military- and those who have already died during this war! You are SO RIGHT. No one cares. That's why we keep writing about them, and sending them care packages, and voluntarily joining the US military.
      *end sarcastic font*


      August 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vumba

      Mar: Remember that when your standing in line hours on end trying to get a visa to the United States, and that smiling white person looks you straight in the eye and says, "sorry you have been refused a visa to the United States". I get the feeling you have already been down that road. "Apartheid", "inuit", "southwest mexican", whatever that is, really shows your atuned to what is going on in the world. Keep reading that leftist Pulp Fiction, you might impress someone one day.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mar

      hey vumba,I was born in chicago! truth hurts dont it?

      August 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @mar: Lol.. Don't get out much, do you. Native americans, eskimos, and southwest mexicans are US soldiers, too. Some of them very famous, ie the navaho code-talkers.

      Try again.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snoot

      Yup!......and they're STILL treated like crap.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Me


      August 13, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Oglala Lakota

      This native has no sympathy, the americans are still at it, taking from us, not living up to international agreements. sad part is that our people are so poor that they actually sign up for the u.s. military in droves, not fully comprehending they are stealing the resources of other peoples. sad.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snoot

      Well put.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • danceswithhelmet

      Little late to be pouting about that one don't you think? With all the government grants and scholorships offered to minorities now you have no excuse for failing but your own lazy and/or stupidity...

      August 12, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • scott


      August 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BisSir

      Time to stop blaming the gov't that is throwing money at you.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • gfg

      this comment flagged as retarded

      August 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MM


      August 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Funny thing about freedom and opinion... you have to let everybody have one, even the idiots. it is your place or your right to tell anybody what they should think, say or feel. I couldn't agree more that these were good people, but let's not stretch the "world is a better place" out on this one. These great people died for nothing. We have not accomplished a thing in 10 years aside from killing people on both sides of this conflict. People still hate America and always will. Killing them does not tend to help that position. Maybe, just maybe, these heart wrenching situations will finally serve as a wake up call to the needless expense both monetarily and in terms of loss of life that these failed experiments in nation building have created. I voted for the guy in the white house for one reason only, I have friends and family over there and I was told they would be brought home. Until the "patriots" quit blindly following for fear of being considered unamerican we will never get away from this. Ever.

      August 12, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • glenn robert

      Joseph Stalin said " one dead is a tragdy. A million dead is a statistic " Maybe we are just being to efficient! The Pakistanis say we have killed 168 children with our air strikes maybe we should kill a million and make it a statistic!

      August 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilbur

      dude, bad news but they all died for absolutely nothing. Freedom (our version) is a bigger joke than ever to the 'enemy' whoever the heck that is anyway.....who IS the enemy? We look so HARD to find an enemy...

      August 13, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Well, don't even ask that...he would probably love to blame his childhood. Just a bad seed.

      August 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Don't even ask...he would love to justify his words/actions. Just a bad seed!

      August 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cold War Vet

    God bless and R.I.P. to those that lost their lives. My deepest condolences to their families.

    Shame on the DOD from publishing the names of Spec Ops personnel, especially against the wishes of their families. Broken hope, broken promises and broken protocol; a theme the current administration prides itself on. Our government is our own worst enemy.

    Cold War Vet
    SKCS(SW), USN Ret.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    Example. I picked out one name from the list inserted name in google search box. Seen a link to public records click on it scrolled down the list located the name and looked over to the right and it gives 5 names of relatives. If I pay my $29 I get all the info I'm going to need. And it was all done in about 30 seconds. I feel strongly that the public needs to take action on this matter ASAP

    August 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jean

    I don't think it was wise to post so much about these brave men. Now the terrorists know who they were, their families and location where they were from. These families of the brave military men deserve peace not fear.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cat

    Rest peace thank you you for your ultimate sacrifice you are now all at your final duty station job well done. My prayes to your friends and families. Standing by in CO.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cadecker

    the names are suppose to be CLASSIFIED...just becuase they died dont me you can reveal the soilders that kill bin laden ... shakes head....might as well show the pictures of the bullet in binladens head too

    August 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cadecker

      "doesn't mean you...".......stupid keyboard sry

      August 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      If anything the military has told us is true, these weren't the ones that killed bin Laden. These were members of DEVGRU's "Gold Team", while the ones that killed bin Laden were members of DEVGRU's "Red Team". CNN worded the article poorly by saying they belonged to the same "unit".

      August 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dbie

      The names aren't classified. If they were... the Pentagon wouldn't have released them. None of these men were involved in the death of OBL.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 11bravoPapa

    For all you idiots out there crying about why they put SEAL next to their names and hometown, they do this ALL the time. I am currently in the military and I can confirm this. They always release names. If it's a highly classified unit they will list their unit under the parent unit. For example when a CAG operator dies they list him under Special Forces. When a Team 6 SEAL dies, they list him as a SEAL or Special Warfare Operator. This is not a national security risk. It's not like they were sneaking around in Iran. God bless them all however.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dbie

      Exactly. I've been arguing the same point all day.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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