Saturday, July 02, 2005

INDIGO RED reports that seven of the 16 Special Ops soldiers whose helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan have been identified and their names made public. They are:

Senior Chief Petty Officer Dan Healy, 36, Navy SEAL.
Four children — two who live in San Diego and two who live in Honolulu. Other survivors include two sisters, Jennifer, 36, of San Diego, and Shannon, 22, of Exeter, and his mother.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Taylor, 30, Navy SEAL, quick response team medic. Little Creek, Va. Taylor is survived by his wife, Erin. They have no children.

Jeffrey Alan Lucas, 33, Navy SEAL. Corbett , OR. Lucas had a 12 year long marriage with Rhonda; they have a 4-year-old son, Seth.

Army Maj. Steve Reich, 34, 160th Special Operations Aviation
regiment, company commander and pilot. Washington, Conn. Newlywed, having married his wife, Jill, in March.

Army Sgt. 1st Class James W. "Tre" Ponder III
Clarksville, Tenn. Deployed for only three weeks. He had a wife, Leslie, and two daughters.

Lt. Michael McGreevy, 30, Navy SEAL. Portville, N.Y. McGreevy and his wife, Laura, have a 1-year-old daughter.

Army Master Sgt. Michael Russell, 31, a flight engineer.
Fredericksburg, Va. Sixth tour in Afghanistan since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is survived by his wife, Annette, and two daughters.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of these men, and of the others whose names we will find out in the coming days. I can't even begin to imagine the pain they are feeling right now.

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