Four Men Went In…

June 27, 2005: four Navy SEALs, callsign Spartan 01, are inserted into the mountains of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. Their mission is to locate Ahmad Shah, a high-ranking Taliban leader.

June 28, 2005: Spartan 01 is compromised by Taliban sympathizers and subsequently engaged by an overwhelming number of Anti-Coalition Militia fighters. A Quick Reaction Force comprised of SEALs and US Army Nightstalkers are dispatched to aid and extract Spartan 01. One of the QRF’s MH-47 Chinook helicopters is hit by an RPG and shot down. All aboard are killed.

All told, nineteen American warriors, including thee of the four SEALs of Spartan 01, died on that mountainside.

One man, Marcus Luttrell, survived. Badly wounded, he was discovered by Pashtun tribesmen, who tended to his wounds and protected him from the Taliban, even though they knew such actions risked their lives and the lives of their families.

Remember the men who died on that mountainside, and the loved ones they left behind.

SO2 Matthew Axleson
SO2 Danny Dietz
SOC Jaques J. Fontain
SSG Shamus O. Goare
CWO3 Corey J. Goodnature
SOCS Daniel R. Healy
SGT Kip A. Jacoby
LCDR Erik S. Kristensen
SO1 Jeffery A. Lucas
LT Michael M. McGreevy, Jr.
SFC Marcus V. Muralles
LT Michael P. Murphy
SO2 James E. Suh
SO1 Jeffrey S. Taylor
SO2 Shane E. Patton
MSG James W. Ponder III
MAJ Stephen C. Reich
SFC Michael L. Russell
CWO4 Chris J. Scherkenbach

Hooyah. NSDQ.

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