August 7, 2011 1 Comment
One Navy Special Warfare source called it “the worst day in our history by a mile.” Twenty-two Navy SEALs, 8 other U.S. military personnel, and 7 Afghan commandos were killed when their chinook crashed in Afghanistan.
Dangerous things are done around the world by men and women dedicated to preserving and protecting our freedoms. Tragedies of this magnitude underscore that fact.
The special operations forces are heavily Catholic, especially the Navy SEALs, which really isn’t surprising if you think about it.
But regardless of their faith, prayers are needed for the dead and their families, including the surviving brothers-in-arms of the NSW community who are in shock and disbelief about this unprecedented loss of life.
Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno, pray for them.
The above was here.
CNN reports that those killed were reinforcing troops in Afghanistan:
In the single deadliest loss for U.S. troops since the Afghan war began in late 2001, 30 service members died early Saturday when a helicopter carrying them went down while they were reinforcing other troops, officials said.
Insurgents are believed to have shot down the CH-47 Chinook, a U.S. military official said. The Taliban claimed militants downed the helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade.
Among the 25 U.S. special operations forces killed in Wardak province were 22 Navy SEALS, considered to be the “best of the best.” Seven Afghan troops also died.
The majority of the Navy SEALs who died belonged to the same covert unit that conducted the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May, though they were not the same men, the military official said.
The troops died during a “quick reaction” mission to assist military personnel pinned down by insurgents in a fierce firefight, a U.S. military official told CNN.
“It’s a big loss” for the SEALs, one of the officials said. “The numbers are high.”…