Names Afghan Crash Victims Released
August 11, 2011 by staff
Names Afghan Crash Victims Released, Less than a week after the deadly helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week, the Pentagon has released the names of the 30 service members who died reports The Wall Street Journal, including 15 members of SEAL Team 6, the unit responsible for the death of Osama bin Laden.
Their identities are typically classified, but the identities of some of the stamps was made public after family members talked about their lost loved ones, with the media. The other eight people killed in the accident are two stamps on a different computer, five Navy sailors, three Air Force pilots and five crewmembers of Army helicopters.
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Sources Pentagon press the names of 30 killed in helicopter crash, Julian E. Barnes, The Wall Street Journal
DoD identifies service members killed in CH-47 Crash, USA Department of Defense
U.S. troops killed in the deadliest single mission of the war in Afghanistan comes from two dozen states and all over the nation, mostly young men between 20 and 30.
On Thursday, the Pentagon released the list of 30 dead, along with their ages and places of origin in states from Florida to Minnesota, and from Hawaii to Massachusetts.
Some of the names were already known because their families have spoken of them from his helicopter shot down Saturday by insurgents. Eight Afghans were also killed.
But the Pentagon first released the complete list of the dead on Thursday after an internal debate about whether to identify those who were covert special operations troops.
Special Operations Command had asked the authorities to withhold the names because of security concerns. Most of those killed were special operations forces, including members of SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden. Military officials said that none of the victims of the accident was on that mission in Pakistan against al-Qaida leader.
Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, decided to carry out the Pentagon’s policy on the release of the names.
The dead included 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs, five members of Naval Special Warfare personnel that support the seals, three staff members of the Air Force Special Operations and a crew of a helicopter for five years.
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