Find the cost of freedom
Buried in the ground
Mother Earth will swallow
Lay your body down

Chief Petty Officer Robert Reeves, 32, died alongside a good friend he’d grown up with in Shreveport, La.  He and Lt. Commander Jonas Kelsall, 33, were both on the doomed chopper. Reeves became a SEAL in 1999, and was a member of SEAL Team 6, earning four Bronze Stars for Valor. Lives lost: Lt Cmdr Jonas Kelsall (L) and Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves (R), both Shreveport, Louisiana natives who were killed when a U.S. Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on Friday

Chief Petty Officer Robert Reeves, 32, (left ) and his best friend, Lt. Commander Jonas Kelsall, 33, died together when their special operations chopper was shot down by Afghan insurgents Saturday in eastern Afghanistan. Classmates in Shreveport, La., both became SEALs and were on the ill-fated mission to back up an Army Ranger unit caught in an ambush. The cash site was in Tangi Joy Zarin area of Wardak province, about 60 miles southwest of Kabul.

Reeves earned four Bronze Stars for Valor since enlisting in 1999, and Kelsall was the commander of the successful initial reinforcement mission.

In all 30 US troops were killed when the twin-bladed Chinook chopper was hit by an RPG as it departed the area; SEAL Team “Six” lost 22 members, five Army air crewmen, two Air Force special operators forces and an Air Force paramedic. Seven Afghan commandos and a civilian interpreter were also killed in the deadliest US special operations mission in history.

Amid this poignant and crushing loss of so many of America’s finest, I believe we would do well to honor their memory by observing a few notes of caution.

  • First, this does not even slightly suggest the “need” to reconsider our strategy or tactics; SOCOM (Special Operations Command) is as free from bureaucratic bungling by the “regular” military as possible. These mission are designed from the ground up… not at the Pentagon by paper shufflers. Operation Red Wing  was a bad day too.
  • Secondly, we already know far too much about our SOCOM and its members. Jackass Joe Biden was first to identify the so-called SEAL Team Six as the unit responsible for canceling bin Laden’s ticket and politicians (primarily Obama) swarmed to publicly bask in the elite unit’s mission. SEALS, their families and the boots-on-the-ground military agree that information about spec ops should be cut down to the occasional brief press release.
  • Because of all the media coverage, this will be remembered as the SEAL mission when there were other sailors, soldiers and airmen involved as well.
  • The MSM is dutifully reporting (quoting enemy claims and Paki BS) that this was an “elaborate” ambush designed and carried out by some raghead military genius who lured the team in, and all that bodes ill for our mission in Afghanistan…. BULL. (A less important but still annoying tendency is for the media to call this a “crash”… no, it was a shoot-down; and military people are killed in action and wounded, not “injured”.)

May God rest these fine men, comfort their families and friends, and may their names serve as a blessing.

Casualty list (current as of post time) 

Aaron Carson Vaughn    and here  — SEAL

John W Brown   –USAF Tech Sgt Pararescueman Medic

Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves  SEAL

Lt. Commander Jonas Kelsall  and here SEAL

Jon Tumilson   SEAL

Kraig Vickers   Navy EOD and here  and here

Kevin Houston  SEAL and here

Chris Campbell    SEAL

Spencer Duncan  Army Specialist 4 Door Gunner Bravo Company
Patrick Hamburger    Army Sgt Nebraska National Guard and here

Michael Strange    SEAL Petty Officer First Class

Tommy Ratzlaff   SEAL

Matt Mills  Chief Petty Officer SEAL and here    and here

Jason Workman  Petty Officer First Class SEAL

Nick Spehar    SEAL

Matt Mason  SEAL  and here

Derek Benson  SEAL

Brian Bill    SEAL  and here   here

Alexander Bennett  Army Specialist  Flight Mechanic

Bryan Nichols   Chief Warrant Officer 2  Pilot

Dan Zerbe  Staff Sergeant AF Pararescue Medic

Lou Langlais SEAL

John Douangdara  SEAL  Lead Dog Handler and his dog

Dave Carter   Chinook Pilot  Army National Guard and here  and here

Army Aviator, Co Pilot, Colorado Guardsman, Name not yet announced

Jesse Pittman  SEAL

Heath Robinson SEAL

About Gary Alexander

Volunteer coordinator for veterans support network in North Texas. Now retired from his private psychotherapy practice, I specialized in the diagnosis and treatment posttraumatic stress, working with victim assistance programs, veterans and the Veterans Administration for over 20 years. After being wounded in action in Vietnam, I was medically retired from the Marine Corps and know first hand many of the readjustment difficulties and psychological stresses experienced by today's OIF and OEF veterans. I am available, at minimal cost, to speak at your functions on several subjects including veterans issues, Vietnam, the Medal of Honor, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and critical incident debriefings.
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3 Responses to Remember

  1. Pingback: Remember (via LeatherneckM31) | My Blog

  2. Thank you for posting this … a tool for prayer, and more!

  3. Angel says:

    stunning tribute..Gos bless~!

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