Pentagon list of dead in helicopter downing

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Posted: Aug 11, 2011 11:41 AM
Pentagon list of dead in helicopter downing

The Defense Department Thursday released a list of troops killed Saturday in the downing of their Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan's Wardak province.

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The following were assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit:

_Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.

_Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.

_Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.

_Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers, 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii

_Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.

_Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.

_Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.

_Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.

_Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas

_Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.

_Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.

_Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Mich.

_Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.

_Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.

_Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah

_Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.

_Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.

_Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa

_Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla.

_Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah.

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Sailors were assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit:

_Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, Calif.

_Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minn.

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The soldiers killed were:

_Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Aurora, Colo.

_Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan.; assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.

_Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Neb.

_Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash; assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.; and

_Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan.; assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.

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The airmen, all assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C., were:

_Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.

_Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.

_Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York Pa.