Friday, June 28th: Remembering the heroes of
Operation Red Wings. A Special R.E.D. Friday
This Friday, June 28 is bittersweet. Today, we start the celebration of a marriage in the family between Tim and Janelle, 2 awesome people who have found themselves walking down the same path in life and decided to become one. To you both, i wish much happiness, less arguing about the little things and more attention to each other. Drop your baggage at the door tonight, but believe me when i say it: it sounds easier than it actually is. When you figure out how to do it, let me know.
It is also R.E.D. Friday. A very special R.E.D. Friday.
This was, at the time, the largest loss of life in the NAVSPECWAR Community along with many heroes of the 160th ARMY Regiment SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) during what is famously known as Operation Redwings. What started as a op with an insertion Team of 4 Seals, turned into a rescue mission with disastrous results.
Friday, June 28th: Remembering the heroes of Operation Red Wings. A Special R.E.D. Friday
As posted from http://www.socnet.com/archive/index.php/t-78883.html:
Additional links http://www.navy.mil/moh/mpmurphy/soa.html
Operation Redwing Remembrance– Total loss of heroes:
Posted By Uncle Jimbo
Three years ago today 19 brave men gave their lives on Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. It was the most tragic day in Naval Special Warfare history and devastated the 160th SOAR as well. Godspeed to all these men and their families. We leave on Monday for Denver for a 4th of July event and some time with the family of Danny Dietz as the first part of our tribute to these men. Marcus’ book tells the story in Afghanistan we aim to tell more about the men who lived great lives before that day.
There is a memorial today in San Diego and most of the families will be there. Marcus Luttrell will throw out the first pitch at the Padres game.
Eleven Navy SEALs and eight Army commandos died June 28, 2005, during a battle between U.S. forces and Taliban fighters in the Konar province of Afghanistan. The dead included men trained, stationed or living in San Diego County. Only Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Luttrell survived. He will throw the first pitch at tomorrow’s Padres game. The tribute will include Navy Leap Frogs parachuting into Petco Park and a fly-by of four Navy F-18 fighter jets
SEAL Team: (insertion unit)
1.Lt. Michael P. Murphy (MOH)- KIA
2.Petty Officer Matthew Axelson -KIA
3.Petty Officer Second Class Danny Dietz-KIA
Petty Officer Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class Marcus Luttrell- Survived and wrote NY Times Best Seller “Lone Survivor”
After the insertion, the unit was compromised and Lt. Murphy’s brave actions helped save at least 1 life, Mr. Luttrell’s. For a detailed account of the op, please check out this link: http://www.commandposts.com/2011/06/june-28-2005-one-of-the-worst-days-in-u-s-special-operations-history/
Or buy an autographed copy of the book Lone Survivor on the right side of the blog on the Amazon link.
The service members killed-in-action on the crashed helicopter include:
4.Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio
5.Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minnesota.
6.Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Florida
7.Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Indiana
8.Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tennessee
9.Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Connecticut.
10.Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Virginia
11.Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Florida
QRF (Quick Reaction Force)- This was the SEAL unit that dropped what they were doing when they heard what was happening. Under the most balsiest moves of launching a rescue (C-SAR) op in the middle of the day,
12.Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, Louisiana-Died 6/28/2005 when his plane was shot down in Afghanistan. A Navy Seal who was born and raised in New Orleans and attended Brother Martin High School was among the 16 American soldiers killed when their plane was shot down in Afghanistan. According to a spokesman for the family, Jacques J. Fontan was a 16-year Navy veteran and a seven-year member of the Navy Seals. “He felt honored to be a part of the elite Navy Seals and serve with a great group of men in Seal Team 10 under President Bush,” said the spokesman. Fontan, 36, was educated at St. Andrew the Apostle grammar school, Brother Martin High and SLU before joining the Navy. He is survived by his wife Charissa, his daughter Jourdan, his mother Hazel Rue, father Earl Fontan, stepfather Donald Rue, sisters Suzanne Fontan Gonczy and Cheri Fontan Skop, his brother Jean Paul Fontan and his grandmother Maguerite Helburn Delchamps
13.Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, New Hampshire
14.Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, California
15.Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Oregon
16.Lt. Michael M. McGreevy, Jr., 30, of Portville, New York
17.Petty Officer 2nd Class James E. Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Florida
18.Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, West Virginia
19.Petty Officer Second Class Eric Shane Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nevada
Rest now gentlemen and enjoy a drink in the Hall of Heroes
Marcus’ website is doing a week-long remembrance of all those who served, fought and died for their country, you can read and hopefully subscribe here:
So this upcoming Friday, June the 28th please wear your R.E.D. Shirts with pride (and add some cammies and boots from the Boot Campaign to complete your R.E.D. Friday Uniform)-still working on getting the Pain Cave online store working, my apologies though we do have Square available to place orders via CC (email me and i will call you to handle over the phone) Help support 2 great charities, The RED Circle Foundation and Charlotte Bridge Home) while at the same time honoring those that gave the ultimate price in combat.
I hope to raise awareness and help fund 2 great organizations in the process through our RED Friday Donation apparel. Don’t want to buy a R.E.D. Shirt? No worries, you can donate at both charities websites:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
-William Ernest Henley
I had the honor to serve with some great warriors, but 2 left such an impression on me i carry it them with me today: FCC Jacques Fontan (at the time FC2) and HT1 Washington. Jacques and I served together at Rescue Swimmer School, first he was one of my instructors (after I went to BUD/S where HT1 Washington took me under his wing…Roadrunner?) and soon after as i was assigned as a second phase instructor TAD while recovering one of my many knee surgeries. Jacques was a man of true honor, and I owe him an apology; one too late to give in person. Only he will know what that means, but take it as you will.
Jacques, I am sorry and am forever indebted to you for the kindness, forgiveness and mentorship you showed. To Char, I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. And for Jacque’s daughter, Jourdan: your dad was a man of impeccable character. What i learned from him far exceeds anything i may have helped him prepare for. I hope i have taken lessons learned from him and successfully applied them in my life the way he expected me to.
Fair winds and following seas sir.
The last photo i have of Jacques that I took: