June 28, 2005 – Part #1 – Sixteen soldiers die while on rescue mission!


On a fateful day, June 28, 2005, four Navy seals were trapped in Afghanistan when they encountered enemy fighters while on a mission. In an effort to save the Seals, the 160th SOAR “Nightstalkers” sent two MH-47Ds in to extract the Seals. For some time, a rumored accounting of the Nightstalkers craft that went down while attempting to save those Navy seals caught everyone’s attention and circulated the media and web. While well intentioned, the report was in error and caused great distress to some family members of the Night Stalkers who later died when that MH-47Ds was shot down. I am including here a portion of the email responses from the Commanding Officer, LTC Matt Brady regarding the tragedy that day:

“The letters are from LTC Matt Brady, the commanding officer of the men who died that day and an eyewitness to the terrible events that unfolded when a 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down June 28, 2005 near Asadabad, Afghanistan, killing three special operations officers and five special operations soldiers from the 160th SOAR while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Red Wing.”

{My comment here: Navy seals also died in that crash!}

[Letter 1 – 9-12-05]
“I know this because I was there, I inserted the recon team the night before, and I watched the whole thing happen. I also had the displeasure yesterday of explaining to two of the wives of my lost men where the rumor had circulated concerning the “last mile” of their husbands’ flight.

In fact, the aircraft went down immediately and never “limped” anywhere.”

[Letter 2 – 9-16-05]
We have an unwritten rule in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment “Night Stalkers”.
“If we put them in, we take them out.” That’s why we went that day. That’s why we didn’t wait until nightfall. The team was in contact, they were fighting for their lives, and so we were going then and there no matter what.

Standing at the ramp of the ill-fated MH-47D, I discussed with Mike McGreavy (sp?) and Erik Kristensen (sp?)actions on contact. How they wanted to be inserted and where, and what they were going to do to find their swim buddies.

Mike’s plan of action was this: “We’ll take the high ground and work it out from there.” That’s how ambiguous the situation was.

We had no radio contact with them, had no updated position or disposition, yet rotors were turning and my guys mounted up. All we had to know was that U.S. Soldiers were in trouble. We wouldn’t have done it any differently.

I’m not sure how much I can actually disclose for OPSEC reasons, so I’ll stop here.

But the LTC hit the nail on the head, those guys were heroes .

Unfortunately, they never had a chance. When that RPG hit, it severed critical components and drive shafts. The aircraft was on short final, went down where it was hit, and met the unforgiving terrain below.

God rest their souls, and the brave men I had the honor of inserting 8 hours prior.

NSDQ BRADY

From: LTC Matt Brady
160th SOAR “Night Stalkers”

[Credit: DefenseWatch]

I did not include the entire post from the two posted emails because for the purposes of my posting here, the rest was not relevant. My only purpose here is to remember those 16 men who died that day trying to rescue four of their buddies in harms way.

From the Denver Channel:
The Pentagon said that the dead in this week’s crash comprised seven soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; one from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.; and eight Navy SEALs assigned to units in Norfolk, Va., and San Diego, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Here are the men lost on June 28, 2005, aboard the Nightstalker chopper that crashed trying to rescue the four Navy Seals under enemy attack in Afghanistan. Please remember their sacrifices on our behalf. Please remember the sacrifices and loss to their families. May they all be at peace with their fellow buddies who were lost before them. Thank you for your sacrifices. You are all true heroes!

I chose not to include their hometown as they belonged to all of us as a nation. As a nation we should honor them all.


  • Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan, 36, SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Group Two

  • Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

  • Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

  • Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, 36, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group Three

  • Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

  • Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, 33, SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Command

  • Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Group Two

  • Lt. Michael M. McGreevy Jr., 30, SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Group Two

  • Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric S. Patton, 22, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group Three

  • Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

  • Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

  • Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

  • Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

  • Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh, 28, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group Three

  • Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Group Two
  • I apologize for the inconvenience- I have edited this several times in attempts which failed to put these pictures in a table. Let’s just say, I finally gave up and used an alternative method!

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    ~ by devildog6771 on July 12, 2007.

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