“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ten Years Ago Today - We Remember

On June 28, 2005 one of the worst days in the history of Naval Special Warfare occurred, with the loss of eleven SEALs and eight Army aviators during Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. This is the event which was later memorialized in the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, and the follow-on movie.

LT Michael P. Murphy29Part of 4-Man SEAL team, killed in an ambushPatchogue, New York
SO2 Matthew Axelson29Cupertino, California[42]
SO2 Danny Dietz25Littleton, Colorado[42]
SOC Jacques J. Fontan36Killed aboard the helicopter when it was shot downNew Orleans, Louisiana
SOCS Daniel R. Healy36Exeter, New Hampshire
LCDR Erik S. Kristensen33San Diego, California
SO1 Jeffery A. Lucas33Corbett, Oregon
LT Michael M. McGreevy, Jr.30Portville, New York
SO2 James E. Suh28Deerfield Beach, Florida
SO1 Jeffrey S. Taylor30Midway, West Virginia
SO2 Shane E. Patton22Boulder City, Nevada

SSG Shamus O. Goare29Killed aboard the helicopter when it was shot downDanville, Ohio
CWO3 Corey J. Goodnature35Clarks Grove, Minnesota.
SGT Kip A. Jacoby21Pompano Beach, Florida
SFC Marcus V. Muralles33Shelbyville, Indiana
MSG James W. Ponder III36Franklin, Tennessee
MAJ Stephen C. Reich34Washington Depot, Connecticut.
SFC Michael L. Russell31Stafford, Virginia
CWO4 Chris J. Scherkenbach

One of these men, Jeff Lucas, was a friend and former classmate of mine. The others all left behind their own friends, families and loved ones. All of them are a reminder of the sacrifices made by our warriors over the years to defend us at home, and to bring liberty to those abroad.

This wall is in the living space occupied by these men before their deaths - since this day other NSW members deploying to the area have added their own words.

Rest in peace warriors. Ten years on and you are not forgotten.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

NO they aren't... Salut!