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 (22 Responses)
  1. Next Page

    This article presents clear idea designed for the new people of blogging, that in fact how to do blogging.

    June 24, 2021 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  2. Click here

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found
    a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old
    daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear."
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

    June 17, 2021 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  3. ecommerce

    It's a shame you don't have a donate button! I'd certainlyy donate to
    this outstanding blog! I guess for now i'll settle for bookmarking and adding youyr RSS feed to my
    Google account. I look forward to new updates aand will talk
    about this site with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

    Also visit my web-site; ecommerce

    June 12, 2021 at 5:40 am | Reply
  4. Bespoke Training

    Hi, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog site in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet
    Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a
    quick heads up! Other then that, great blog!

    May 26, 2021 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  5. Customer Service Courses

    I have learn some excellent stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting.

    I wonder how much attempt you put to make one of these wonderful informative web
    site.

    May 22, 2021 at 10:55 am | Reply
  6. gox

    Hello it's me, I am also visiting this website daily, this site is in fact nice and the people are in fact sharing good thoughts.

    May 20, 2021 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  7. best tanks for bearded dragons

    Good day I am so thrilled I found your weblog, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Aol for something
    else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to
    say many thanks for a remarkable post and a
    all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time
    to browse it all at the moment but I have book-marked
    it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time
    I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the fantastic jo.

    May 17, 2021 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  8. LICHFIELD SEO CONSULTANT & Search Engine Optimisation Lichfield

    I don't know if it's just me or if everybody else encountering problems with your site.

    It appears as if some of the text in your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well?

    This could be a issue with my internet browser because I've had this happen before.
    Kudos

    May 12, 2021 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  9. https://sethriwly.blogars.com/2872884/not-known-details-about-cd-dvd-burning-service

    You're so cool! I don't believe I've truly read
    through something like that before. So good to find somebody with a few unique
    thoughts on this subject matter. Seriously..
    thank you for starting this up. This website is one thing that is needed on the web,
    someone with a bit of originality!

    April 29, 2021 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  10. Dwight Gorsline

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 6, 2021 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  11. Adrienne Bingamon

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 28, 2021 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  12. Janell Quach

    It’s truly a great and helpful piece of info. I’m happy that you just shared this useful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

    http://yourmatrixcashmachine.com

    January 11, 2021 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  13. Joellen

    Simply desire to say your article is as astonishing.
    The clearness in your post is simply excellent and i can assume you are an expert on this subject.
    Well with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post.
    Thanks a million and please continue the rewarding work.

    My blog post – 슈어맨

    December 20, 2020 at 7:08 am | Reply
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. ROBERT

    This is a tragic loss. Very sorry for the families

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

    may their souls rest in peace

    August 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  18. 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
  19. 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

Leave a Reply to Customer Service Courses


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.