“HEROIC WARRIORS” KILLED AUGUST 6, 2011
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 6, 2013) — Today marks two years since the helicopter crash in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, which killed a combined 30 U.S. service members including Navy SEALS, Army, Air Force and Naval Special Warfare specialists.
The subsequent take-down of the Chinook helicopter in which the team was flying has been connected to putative Vice President Joe Biden’s public statement that SEAL Team VI was responsible for having carried out the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in May of 2011, just three months before. Fifteen Navy SEALS who perished were members of SEAL Team VI, although it is unclear if all or some had participated in the bin Laden operation.
According to the official military investigation, the region had not been “prepared” for the specialists about to arrive in the Chinook, and after it was fired upon, the Obama regime’s Rules of Engagement were prohibited from returning fire so that Muslim “hearts and minds” would be won.
On June 14, which is known annually as Flag Day, Biden and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reportedly “disclosed classified information which identified not only the Navy SEALs but also specifically SEAL Team 6, as the heroic warriors who conducted the mission which eliminated Osama bin Laden on May 1st, 2011.”
At the dedication of a monument to the fallen on the first anniversary following the tragedy, a Navy spokesman recognized the “years of combat experience” and “men and teams that new [sic] only success.” Some of those killed had young families at home.
Over many months, some of their parents pressed for a congressional investigation which has reportedly been launched. Some believe that Biden’s identification of the SEALS was, at the least, “very unprofessional.”
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates agreed, having stated on May 12, 2011 that “We all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden. That all fell apart on Monday, the next day,” referring to Biden’s revelation following the raid. CNN quoted Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Geoff Morrell as having said, “Anonymous sources revealing secret information about the tactics, training, and equipment of covert forces put at risk our ability to successfully mount similar missions in the future.”
Several parents believe that the mission in which the service members was engaged “was a pre-planned operation of revenge facilitated by a government that put them in harm’s way without adequate support and with a bull’s-eye painted on their backs.”
One such parent, Billy Vaughn, and Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (U.S. Army, Ret.), have written a book entitled Betrayed: The Shocking Sacrifice of America’s Special Ops Forces. Writer Bob McCarty believes that a “flawed vetting process” was used which allowed Afghans unacceptable access to Americans during the operation.
In May, a press conference was held at the National Press Club which the video producer, Tom Trento of TrentoVision, described as “some whistleblowers coming together to tell the truth about what really happened” to Extortion 17. Billy Vaughn, father of the fallen Aaron Vaughn, accused the Obama regime of a “cover-up,” as he did in an interview with Geraldo Rivera. Vaughn also said that the bodies of those killed were “allowed to be desecrated” by a Muslim imam whose chanting was a secret Arabic condemnation of the soldiers’ mission and purpose.
Vaughn told Newsmax shortly after the presser that “At the ceremony at Bagram Air Force Base, the military allowed an imam to desecrate their bodies with an Islamic prayer that he helped pray their souls into hell and infidels and, in the end, said that the Muslims are the winners.”
The translation of the imam’s words as extracted from the press conference reads as follows:
Amen, I shelter in Allah the merciful forgiver. The companions of the fire, the sinners and the infidels who are fodder for hell fire are not equal with the companions of heaven. The companions of heaven, Muslims are the winners. Had we sent this Koran to a mountain, you would have seen the mountain prostrated in fear of Allah. (Mocking the God of Moses) Such examples are what we present to the people, to the people so that they would think. (Repent and convert to Islam). Blessing are to your God (Allah) the God of glory of what they describe. And peace be upon the messengers (prophets) and thanks be to Allah the Lord of both universes of mankind and Jinn.
Aaron Vaughn had expressed to his parents that he feared that after Biden’s identification of the SEALS in the bin Laden raid, his life and the lives of other SEAL Team VI members were “in danger.”
Lt. Gen. William (Jerry) Boykin (Ret.) told Trento that the Obama Rules of Engagement place military members at higher risk and that the regime has failed to supply gunships and other backup systems to protect them.
Charles Strange, father of Michael, questioned the government’s explanation of how the helicopter was taken down by “a lucky shot” from a Taliban member.
Reps. Louis Gohmert and Michele Bachmann attended the presser, as did former Rep. Allen West.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama referred to his “Muslim faith,” although he also claimed to be a Christian. Since his occupation of the White House, he has met with Islamics with ties to terrorist organizations at the White House and provided millions of taxpayer dollars to “refugees” in Muslim countries. His Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and other officers have bowed to Muslims’ demands to remove specific terms relating to Islamic terrorism from military training programs. At least one servicemember’s career has been destroyed as a result of Dempsey’s actions, and Vallely claims that military morale “is at an all-time low.”
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor—he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation—he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city—he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.
A website dedicated to the memory of the Extortion 17 operation contains an eyewitness account of a memorial held today in Afghanistan for those killed two years ago.
The U.S. Patriots Union reports the names of the fallen as:
1) Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 2) Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 3) Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 4) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers, 5) Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 6) Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 7) Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 8) Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 9) Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 10) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 11) Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 12) Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 13) Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 14) Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 15) Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 16) Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 17) Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 18) Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 19) Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 20) Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 21) Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 22) Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 23) Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), 24) Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), 25) Staff Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), 26) Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), 27) Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), 28) Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 29) Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, CA, and 30) Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, PA.