Pentagon officially releases names of troops killed in helicopter shootdown
Family of photo Lt. Cmdr. Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La., the highest ranking SEAL killed in Saturday's crash of the Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan
August 11th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Pentagon officially releases names of troops killed in helicopter shootdown

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 30 servicemembers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed.

(Full list after the jump)

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.,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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., and

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

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.;

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.;

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.;

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.; and

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.

The airmen killed were:

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

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

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

All three airmen were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. U.S. ARMY SOLDIER

    DEAR CNN
    THE NEWS IS SEVERELY UNACCEPTABLE TO ME, HOW CAN SUCH ATTACK IS EVEN POSSIBLE, WE KEEP OUR SOLDIERS UNDER SHIELDS OF PROTECTION, WHEREVER DEPLOYED.
    I PRAY FOR SAFETY OF OUR TROOPS MEMBERS, FOR OUR STANDS BRING HAPPINESS, FREEDOM, PEACE TO NATIONS BUT THE ONE THAT STAND AGAINST US SHOULD BE DEALT IN ACCORDANCE TO OUR ARMY RULES, UNDER THE CONGRESS AND COMMAND OF THE US PRESIDENT.
    I ALSO DEMAND FOR A STRICT INQUIRY ON THE MATTER IN THE US JURISDICTION.

    November 18, 2016 at 7:59 am | Reply
  2. ranger 830

    AAron Vaughn and J.Workman were great Americans and top notch guys.They were friends of mine and will be missed by the entire JSOC. Community! God speed and hooyah!!!! The prayers of me and my Rangers go out to the families of the fallen. Sin Pare enough said!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  3. ROBERT

    This is a tragic loss. Very sorry for the families

    August 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  4. nick

    may their souls rest in peace

    August 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  5. Rob

    My heart goes out to the families of these men. They are our true hero's.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  6. Grizzly

    My prayers go out to all the families affected by this terrible act. These warriors did great things for this country and will not be forgotten. We will win the fight and America will come out of this war with its head held high.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply

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