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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:

Nightstalkers:

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


SEALs:

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
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Old 28 June 2008, 20:41
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Operation Redwing

June 28, 2005

On June 28, 2005, deep behind enemy lines east of Asadabad in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan, a very committed four-man Navy SEAL team was conducting a reconnaissance mission at the unforgiving altitude of approximately 10,000 feet. The SEALs, Lt. Michael Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell had a vital task. The four SEALs were scouting Ahmad Shah – a terrorist in his mid-30s who grew up in the adjacent mountains just to the south.

Under the assumed name Muhammad Ismail, Shah led a guerrilla group known to locals as the "Mountain Tigers" that had aligned with the Taliban and other militant groups close to the Pakistani border. The SEAL mission was compromised when the team was spotted by local nationals, who presumably reported its presence and location to the Taliban.

A fierce firefight erupted between the four SEALs and a much larger enemy force of more than 50 anti-coalition militia. The enemy had the SEALs outnumbered. They also had terrain advantage. They launched a well-organized, three-sided attack on the SEALs. The firefight continued relentlessly as the overwhelming militia forced the team deeper into a ravine.

Trying to reach safety, the four men, now each wounded, began bounding down the mountain's steep sides, making leaps of 20 to 30 feet. Approximately 45 minutes into the fight, pinned down by overwhelming forces, Dietz, the communications petty officer, sought open air to place a distress call back to the base. But before he could, he was shot in the hand, the blast shattering his thumb.

Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

An MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent is as part of an extraction mission to pull out the four embattled SEALs. The MH-47 was escorted by heavily-armored, Army attack helicopters. Entering a hot combat zone, attack helicopters are used initially to neutralize the enemy and make it safer for the lightly-armored, personnel-transport helicopter to insert.

The heavy weight of the attack helicopters slowed the formation’s advance prompting the MH-47 to outrun their armored escort. They knew the tremendous risk going into an active enemy area in daylight, without their attack support, and without the cover of night. Risk would, of course, be minimized if they put the helicopter down in a safe zone. But knowing that their warrior brothers were shot, surrounded and severely wounded, the rescue team opted to directly enter the oncoming battle in hopes of landing on brutally hazardous terrain.

As the Chinook raced to the battle, a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter, killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, Murphy, Luttrell, Dietz and Axelson, continued the fight. By the end of the two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Axelson and Dietz had been killed. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead.

The fourth SEAL, Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket propelled grenade and was knocked unconscious. Regaining consciousness some time later, Luttrell managed to escape – badly injured – and slowly crawl away down the side of a cliff. Dehydrated, with a bullet wound to one leg, shrapnel embedded in both legs, three vertebrae cracked; the situation for Luttrell was grim. Rescue helicopters were sent in, but he was too weak and injured to make contact. Traveling seven miles on foot he evaded the enemy for nearly a day. Gratefully, local nationals came to his aid, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three days. The Taliban came to the village several times demanding that Luttrell be turned over to them. The villagers refused. One of the villagers made his way to a Marine outpost with a note from Luttrell, and U.S. forces launched a massive operation that rescued him from enemy territory on July 2.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

This was the worst single-day U.S. Forces death toll since Operation Enduring Freedom began nearly six years ago. It was the single largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since World War II.

The Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community will forever remember June 28, 2005 and the heroic efforts and sacrifices of our special operators. We hold with reverence the ultimate sacrifice that they made while engaged in that fierce fire fight on the front lines of the global war on terrorism (GWOT).

-NSW-


OPERATION REDWING KIAs- On June 28, 2005, three of four SEALS on the ground (Murphy, Dietz, Axelson) were killed during combat operations in support of Operation Red Wing. ON the same say, a QRF of eight Navy SEALs and 8 Army Night Stalkers were also killed when the MH-47 helicopter that they were aboard was shot down by enemy fire in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan in Kumar Province.

Navy SEALs
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.
Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson, 29, of Cupertino, Calif.
Machinist Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Eric S. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev.
Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.
Quartermaster 2nd Class (SEAL) James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2, Virginia Beach, Va.

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colo.
SEAL Team 10, Virginia Beach, Va.

Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La.
Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, Calif.
Electronics Technician 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore.
Lt. (SEAL) Michael M. McGreevy Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va.
Army Night Stalkers
3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.

Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio.
Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minn.
Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.
Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Ind.
Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Conn.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Va.
Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla.
HQ Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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


U.S. Navy SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Command and the Navy’s special operations force. The SEALs take their name from the elements in which they operate – sea, air and land. Experts in special reconnaissance and direct action missions – SEALs continue to successfully execute DoD’s most important warfighting missions in the GWOT
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Old 28 June 2008, 20:45
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Padres to commemorate Operation Red Wing





UNION-TRIBUNE


7:05 a.m. June 27, 2008

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO: A gametime tribute will be held tomorrow at Petco Park to mark the third anniversary of Operation Red Wing, which saw the largest loss of life for the military's special-operations community since World War II.


AdvertisementEleven 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.

First American Military Inc. is coordinating the commemoration. –R.R
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Today was 3 year mark. I've found myself thinking about it alot. I was in Baghdad at the time and saw part of it from the Predator UAV feed in the TOC. We saw enemies coming up the mountain, the IR buzzsaw (which ironically Marcus describes in his book). RIP Men.
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I was going through some photos that my brother sent me from Bagram. That very day he snapped some shots of the guys heading out. If I can I will post them with approval.
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I met Danny while he was in SQT. He was a solid guy and very humble.

I had just gotten out of the military and was working for Gold's Gym when I walked in one morning and saw Danny's photo on the big screen TV. My first thought was that he had done something great, and for some reason it never crossed my mind something bad had happened... I dropped my stuff and walked over to see what was going on. I just remember thinking, "No fucking way..."

Sad day... RIP SEALs. RIP Soldiers.
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There is Memorial with statue of these SEAL (SEAL Axelson has 'home town' of city where Memorial is located) very close to where I live at this time. If any would be interested, it would gladly go with digital camera to capture some good photograph of it. I will then send photograph to you with electronic mail.

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There is Memorial with statue of these SEAL (SEAL Axelson has 'home town' of city where Memorial is located) very close to where I live at this time. If any would be interested, it would gladly go with digital camera to capture some good photograph of it. I will then send photograph to you with electronic mail.

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http://www.cupertinoveteransmemorial...site_plan.html

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There is Memorial with statue of these SEAL (SEAL Axelson has 'home town' of city where Memorial is located) very close to where I live at this time. If any would be interested, it would gladly go with digital camera to capture some good photograph of it. I will then send photograph to you with electronic mail.

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I'll take you up on that offer. Matt was my partner for the PT test to see who made it into indoc. We were the first class to have the 5 1/2 week "indoc" prior to 1st Phase. I also helped fix his, Murph's, and Suh's MK 12's up during our CERTEX (what used to ORE for the older Frogs....) Email: Lbarker167@aol.com....thanks!!
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Today is the 4 year "anniversary" since we lost our brothers in Operation Red Wing...please take a moment to remember their sacrifices. I still remember watching the Predator feed in the TOC in Baghdad like it was yesterday...RIP men...you are all missed.
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