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    6 August 2011


    US Army Specialist Spencer C. Duncan, from Olathe, Kansas, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    21-year-old Spc. Duncan served with the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion).


    From NBC, Kansas City -
    Over the weekend, we learned 21-year-old Spc. Spencer C. Duncan of Olathe, Kan., also was lost in the attack.

    Duncan served as a door gunner on a Chinook helicopter which the Pentagon says was hit by rocket fire. He was a member of Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, based at New Century Air Center in Gardner.

    Friends say Duncan joined the military in 2008 and had been in Afghanistan since late May. He was stationed at Forward Operating Base, Shank.

    Duncan, a 2008 graduate of Olathe South High School, is survived by his parents, Dale and Megan Duncan, of Olathe and two younger brothers, one of which is serving in the United States Marine Corps.

    There will be a candlelight vigil held for Spencer Duncan on Aug.10 at 8 p.m.

    The vigil will be held at Blue Valley Baptist Church, on the corner of 151st and Antioch in Overland Park.

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    6 August 2011

    US Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, from Hays, Kansas, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    31-year-old CWO Nichols served with the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion).


    From the Daily News.net -
    Senator wants soldier to receive proper honor

    By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

    [email protected]

    Years ago, Allen Schmidt served with Doug Nichols in the 388th Medical Logistics Battalion in Hays.

    So Schmidt, a retired colonel of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, is going to do all he can to see that Nichols' son receives his due honor.

    Chief Warrant Officer-2 Bryan Nichols, 31, who grew up in Hays, was one of the pilots aboard the U.S. Chinook helicopter that was shot down in Afghanistan last weekend. There were 30 U.S. troops on board, and it was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the war in Afghanistan.

    Bryan Nichols, the youngest of Doug and Cindy Nichols' four children, grew up in Hays and graduated from Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in 1998.

    Bryan Nichols had been living in the Kansas City area, but his parents still live in the Hays area, near Palco.

    Also aboard the chopper was another former Hays resident -- Chief Warrant Officer-4 David Carter, whose family now lives in Colorado.

    The remains of the 30 U.S. troops arrived Tuesday in the United States in Dover, Del., and Nichols' parents were there.

    Doug Nichols is keeping Schmidt, now a Kansas state senator who returned to his hometown of Hays to live after retiring from the military, informed of the timetable of his son's arrival back home.

    Schmidt said Doug Nichols said his son's body tentatively is expected to arrive in Hays sometime early next week, and Schmidt said he wants to be there to "honor his arrival at the airport."

    "We want to find out what time his body is coming in," Schmidt said. "I don't care what time it is. If I know (the time), I'm going to be out there."

    The Fort Hays VFW Post and the Hays American Legion both are planning to be on-hand to give tribute to Nichols.

    Schmidt said he was glad Nichols' parents were able to make it to Delaware when the bodies of the U.S. troops arrived.

    "It's a very solemn ceremony," Schmidt said. "An officer meets every single soldier that comes off the plane. It's something of great respect."

    Schmidt said he expects numerous tributaries and memorials for Bryan Nichols.

    "They never know when they're going to get that call, when they are going to have to sacrifice with injuries or even their life," Schmidt said. "Like Bryan -- a young man with such a promising future, a stellar member of society."

    Longtime friends Sgt. First Class Seth Kastle and Capt. Jamie Schwandt of the U.S. Army Reserves have set up a memorial fund for Bryan Nichols' 10-year-old son, Braydon.

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    6 August 2011

    US Army Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, from Centennial, Colorado, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    47-year-old CWO Carter served with the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), based at Aurora, Colorado.


    Article from the Aurora Sentinel

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    7 July 2011

    San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood, a US Marine Corps Reserve Captain who had been a police officer for four years, returned home from a grueling tour of duty in Afghanistan in February this year.

    Officer Henwood joined the Marines in 1995 and deployed twice to Iraq. In Afghanistan's northern Helmand province, he led a company of 160 Marines. In November 2010, he led an 11-mile-long supply convoy for four days to a U.S. base in Musa Qala. His group struck about 15 improvised explosives and survived small-arms attacks.

    Back in San Diego, on Sunday 7th July he was shot and killed during a routine patrol for no apparent reason. The decorated Marine from Bexar, Texas, was due for promotion to Major in September this year.

    We have included Officer Henwood on this website as a tribute to his service in Afghanistan.

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    6 August 2011

    US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas P. Spehar, from Minnesota, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    The 24-year-old officer served with a West-coast based Navy Special Warfare unit.
    Article, with photo, from WAVY.com

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    6 August 2011

    Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, from Ukiah, California, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.


    From the Daily Sentinel, Colorado -
    Jesse Pittman made it known he wanted to become a SEAL during his second summer working as a seasonal firefighter for California's forestry department. He trained in his off-time with an ex-SEAL to prepare.

    He was a hard worker who shared a love of hotrods with his father and older brother, and he did odd jobs at an automotive repair shop in his hometown of Willits, Calif., to learn how to build and repair cars.

    Despite being a leader on his fire crew and having a good career ahead of him as a firefighter, Pittman made it clear becoming a SEAL was his passion.

    "He liked to be challenged, and I think that challenge is what drew him to both of those careers," his friend Chris Wilkes told the San Francisco Chronicle. "When he told me he wanted to be a Navy SEAL, I told him he had been watching too much TV. But he said, 'No, I can do that.'"

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    6 August 2011

    36-year-old US Navy Special Warfare Operator, Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher G. Campbell, from Jacksonville, North Carolina, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan. He served with an East-coast based Navy SEAL unit.


    From the Daily Sentinel, Colorado -

    Chris Campbell may have been physically slight, but family and friends said the Navy SEAL was always ready to take on a challenge.

    His mother, Diane Campbell, told The Daily News of Jacksonville she remembered him and his older brother learning to ride a unicycle brought back from Okinawa as one example of her son's determination.

    "If Chris thought he could, he would try," Diane Campbell said.

    Former high school football coach Jack Baile remembered Campbell, 36, showing he was up to a test when he tried out for the team as a smallish junior at about 5 foot-7 and 140 pounds.

    "When kids come out for football for the first time, the first thing you're worried about is, are they going to like to be hit, or want to be hit, and like to hit. That was not a problem with Chris. He had no fear with that," Baile told The Associated Press.

    "I remember hearing for the first time when he had joined the SEALS, I thought that kind of fits Chris. He didn't have a lot of fear of things and I think he always wanted to try to prove to somebody that he could do things. He was an adventurous-type guy."

    Campbell's work frequently sent him on missions out of the country, and his family asked few questions when he showed up with a full beard or arrived for a visit that could only last three hours. In an email to his daughter Samantha sent days before the crash, he wrote that he was looking forward to coming home in November and celebrating her 15th birthday in January.

    Chris Campbell told his family that if he was killed in the line of duty, he wanted the local newspaper to write about his life and death, with a request for donations in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project. The project helps wounded service members recover from their war injuries.

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    FYI, I have added information to several of the previously posted notices. They are numbers 1, 3, 4, and 12.

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    6 August 2011

    US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jared W. Day, from Taylorsville, Utah, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    The 28-year-old Information Systems Technician served with an East-coast based Navy SEAL unit.


    From the Daily Sentinel, Colorado -

    Jared William Day grew up in the Salt Lake City area and joined the Navy in 2002 "because he loved his country, the people who live here, and the freedoms we all have," his family said.

    The 28-year-old Navy SEAL had participated in multiple missions around the world, and was an Information Systems Technician First Class, a family statement said.

    "He was truly special, not only to our family, but to this country," his family said. "Jared's memory will live in our hearts forever."

    His family also described him as being "determined with a fierce sense of humor."

    Day rose to become an elite member of a Naval Special Warfare unit where he served as tactical commander.

    Day's family attended a ceremony for the soldiers earlier this week at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where they were given a few minutes with President Barack Obama.

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    6 August 2011

    US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class John Douangdara, from South Sioux City, Nebraska, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    The 26-year-old Master-at-Arms was the lead dog-handler serving with an East-coast based Navy SEAL unit. His dog, Bart, died with him in the crash.

    Petty Officer Douangdara's parents fled Lao and later emigrated to the United States. He enlisted in the Navy in February 2003. Upon completion of his initial training, he served in Sicily. He joined his SEAL team in January 2008.

    His awards include the Bronze Star with V device, Joint Service Commendation Medal with V Device, Army Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Rifle Marksmanship Medal, and the Pistol Marksmanship Medal.


    Bart was a US Navy Special Warfare Operations dog, belonging to the East-coast Navy SEAL team. He was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    Bart died alongside his handler, US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class John Douangdara.

    Bart has his own Facebook Memorial page.


    From the Daily Sentinel, Colorado -
    John Douangdara told his family very little about his duties in the military. They didn't even know he took part in operations with the Navy SEALs.

    But his mother, Sengchanh Douangdara, said it was clear the 26-year-old master at arms petty officer 1st class from South Sioux City, Neb., was committed to the military and proud to serve the country that adopted his Laotian family decades ago. Douangdara was Naval Special Warfare personnel, who support the SEALs.

    "I know that he loved his job. It was a job he chose," she told the Sioux City Journal.

    She recalled her son as "the middle child, very quiet."

    Douangdara's parents fled communist forces in their native Laos in 1979, then immigrated to the United States after the birth of their first child. John was born four years later, the third of five children his parents would raise in South Sioux City, a Missouri River town along the border with Iowa.

    The oldest child, Chan Follen, said her family's sadness is tempered by pride in Douangdara's service to the U.S.

    "We are proud Johnny fought for the country that embraced our family and gave us the opportunity to reach for the American dream," Follen said.

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    6 August 2011

    US Navy Chief Petty Officer John W. Faas, from Minneapolis, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    The 31-year-old Special Warfare Operator served with an East-coast based Navy SEAL unit.


    From the Daily Sentinel, Colorado -

    Top of his class. Quarterback. Team captain.

    John Faas' football coach had encouraged the natural-born leader to consider applying to a service academy to become a military officer, but Faas had decided in middle school that he wanted to become a Navy SEAL.

    The 31-year-old from Minneapolis never wavered about his goal, joining the elite fighting force and becoming a chief petty officer.

    "This is where John felt he was called," said Ron Monson, the football coach at Minnehaha Academy, a private Christian school in Minneapolis where Faas graduated as the 1998 class valedictorian.

    The coach said Faas never showed bravado and didn't fit the Hollywood stereotype of a SEAL. Instead, the son of Gretchen and Robert Faas of Minneapolis, was the guy who always stood up for his fellow students.

    "John was a man of unquestionable integrity and courage, as were those he served with," his family said in a statement. "He became a SEAL to serve his country and to make the world a better place for those less fortunate."

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    6 August 2011

    US Navy Chief Petty Officer Matthew D. Mason, from Kansas City, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    The 37-year-old Special Warfare Operator served with an East-coast based Navy SEAL unit.


    From the Daily Sentinel, Colorado -

    A severe arm injury during fighting in Fallujah in 2004 didn't keep Matthew Mason off the Iraq War battlefield. Nor did it dull the competitive fire of the avid runner and former high school athlete from outside Kansas City.

    Within five months of losing part of his left arm, absorbing shrapnel and suffering a collapsed lung, Mason competed in a triathlon. He soon returned to his SEAL unit.

    "He could have gotten out of combat," said family friend Elizabeth Frogge. "He just insisted on going back."

    Mason, the father of two toddler sons, grew up in Holt, Mo., and played football and baseball at Kearney High School. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1998. His wife, who is expecting their third child another boy also attended Northwest Missouri.

    Mason returned to Missouri in May to compete in a Kansas City triathlon, and took his family to Walt Disney World for the first time this summer, Frogge said.

    "He loved doing what he did," she said. "He was the type of guy who thought he was invincible."

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    6 August 2011

    US Navy Chief Petty Officer Heath M. Robinson, from Detroit, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    The 34-year-old Special Warfare Operator served with an East-coast based Navy SEAL unit.


    From the Daily Sentinel, Colorado -

    Before he even graduated from Michigan's Petoskey High about 225 miles northwest of Detroit, Heath M. Robinson was the type of guy people could picture becoming a Navy SEAL.

    "He was hardworking, dedicated and loyal," athletic director Gary Hice told the Detroit Free Press. "And those are all attributes for a Navy SEAL. He was a nice young man."

    Robinson joined the military after high school, according to the Petoskey News-Review, and his service record shows he served in six Special Warfare Units from 2000 to 2011.

    Robinson's father declined to comment about his son's death when reached by The Associated Press.

    Petoskey Principal Jim Kanine said Robinson and his family would be remembered in prayers.

    "We understand that's the ultimate sacrifice a human being can make," Kanine said.

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    6 August 2011

    US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson, from Rockford, Iowa, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    The 35-year-old Special Warfare Operator served with an East-coast based Navy SEAL unit.


    From the Daily Sentinel, Colorado -

    Jon Tumilson got an early start on his preparation to join the SEALS. He had been a wrestler in high school and competed in marathons and triathlons.

    Neighbors remembered the Rockford, Iowa, man as a warrior committed to the SEALs, no matter the pain he endured in training or the risks he ran on each mission.

    "When he did something, he put his all into it," Jan Stowe, a neighbor of the Tumilsons for more than 30 years, told the Des Moines Register.

    Tumilson, who was 35 when he died, "was going to be a Navy SEAL since I can't remember when," Stowe said. "He's like a hero to everyone here."

    Another neighbor, Mark Biggs, said people were shocked by his death.

    "You just never thought it would happen to Jon," Biggs told the Mason City Globe Gazette. "He's done so many dangerous things."

    Friend Justin Schriever remembered Tumilson as "a die-hard at everything. He'd always go the extra mile on everything. He wouldn't let anything stop him from accomplishing something."

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    6 August 2011

    US Navy Chief Petty Officer Nicholas H. Null, from West Virginia, was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when the helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    The 30-year-old Bomb-disposal technician served with an East-coast based Navy SEAL unit.


    Article with more info.

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