Sunday, March 4, 2012

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In Memoriam: Operation ANACONDA 2002



A friend I'll call Lunar Spook writes:

Sean-

Tonight is just one of those dark nights . . . the anniversary of the darkest 48 hours of my life - Operation Anaconda, March 2002 . . . Shahi Kot Valley, Afghanistan.

Although time has past and other subsequent deployments have faded from my memory, I somehow struggle each year with this day.

Can you please post an acknowledgement in memory of the great men who fought this battle?



Bravery and Breakdowns in a Ridgetop Battle
7 Americans Died in Rescue Effort That Revealed Mistakes and Determination


The Fallen


3/4/2002

Anderson, Marc A., 30 Specialist A Co/1st Bn/75th Ranger Regt US Army Hostile Fire - Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan

Crose, Peter P., 22 Sergeant A Co/1st Bn/75th Ranger Regt US Army Hostile Fire - Eastern Afghanistan

Chapman, John A., 36 Technical Sergeant 24th Special Tactics Squadron US Air Force Hostile Fire - Southern Afghanistan

Cunningham, Jason D., 26 Senior Airman 38th Rescue Squadron US Air Force Hostile Fire - Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan

Svitak, Philip J., 31 Sergeant 160th Special Operations Aviation Regt US Army Hostile Fire Eastern Afghanistan

Roberts, Neil C., 32 Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class SEAL Team Six US Navy Hostile Fire - RPG Attack Eastern Afghanistan

Commons, Matthew A., 21 Private 1st Class A Co, 1st Bn, 75th Ranger Regt US Army Hostile Fire Eastern Afghanistan


3/2/2002

Harriman, Stanley L., 34 Chief Warrant Officer Two 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)


Honor Them




Bunker in the Gardez valley used by American Soldiers as headquarters for all communications and attacks inside the battle zone.




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