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Profiles of Chinook crash's fallen heroes

Aug. 10, 2011 - 07:30AM   |   Last Updated: Aug. 10, 2011 - 07:30AM  |  
Sgt. Patrick Hamburger, 30, of Grand Island, Neb., was among 30 Americans killed when a U.S. military helicopter was shot down Aug. 5. Military officials have not released the names of those killed, but Hamburger's family confirmed his death.
Sgt. Patrick Hamburger, 30, of Grand Island, Neb., was among 30 Americans killed when a U.S. military helicopter was shot down Aug. 5. Military officials have not released the names of those killed, but Hamburger's family confirmed his death. (Family photo via the Associated Press)
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Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall, a Shreveport, La., native who was among the Navy SEALs killed when a U.S. Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on Aug. 5. (Family photo via The Shreveport Times via the Asso)
Petty Officer First Class Michael Strange is one of the Navy SEALs killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on Aug. 5. (Family photo via The Inquirer via the Associated P)
Aaron Vaughn of Virginia Beach, Va., a 30-year-old father of two, was among the Navy SEALs killed Aug. 5 when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent downed their Chinook helicopter en route to a combat mission. (Vaughn Family via the Associated Press)
Kraig Vickers, of Maui, Hawaii, is shown in Afghanistan in 2007. Vickers, who would have turned 37 on Aug. 11, is one the 30 American service members killed when a military helicopter was shot down on Saturday in Afghanistan. (Courtesy of Robert Vickers via AP)

The following links go to our collection of reports detailing the background of the 30 U.S. service members killed in a helicopter crash in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 6. Material from The Associated Press and the Defense Department contributed to this report.

The Defense Department on Aug. 11 formally identified the casualties.

A file with all stories listed on one page can be found by clicking here.

Navy

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-lt-cmdr-seal-jonas-b-kelsall/6567906">Lt. Cmdr. Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-master-chief-petty-officer-seal-louis-langlais/6567907">Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-senior-chief-petty-officer-seal-thomas-a-ratzlaff/6567908">Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-explosive-ordnance-disposal-technician-senior-chief-petty-officer-expeditionary-warfare-specialistfreefall-parachutist-kraig-m-vickers/6567909">Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer Kraig M. Vickers, 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-master-chief-petty-officer-seal-brian-r-bill/6567910">Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-chief-petty-officer-seal-john-w-faas/6567911">Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-chief-petty-officer-seal-kevin-a-houston/6567912">Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-chief-petty-officer-seal-matthew-d-mason/6567913">Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-chief-petty-officer-seal-stephen-m-mills/6567914">Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-explosive-ordnance-disposal-technician-chief-petty-officer-expeditionary-warfare-specialistfreefall-parachutistdiver-nicholas-h-null/6567915">Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-chief-petty-officer-seal-robert-j-reeves/6567916">Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-chief-petty-officer-seal-heath-m-robinson/6567917">Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-petty-officer-1st-class-seal-darrik-c-benson/6567918">Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-petty-officer-1st-class-sealparachutist-christopher-g-campbell/6567919">Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-information-systems-technician-petty-officer-1st-class-expeditionary-warfare-specialistfreefall-parachutist-jared-w-day/6567920">Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-master-at-arms-petty-officer-1st-class-expeditionary-warfare-specialist-john-douangdara/6567921">Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-cryptologist-technician-collection-petty-officer-1st-class-expeditionary-warfare-specialist-michael-j-strange/6567922">Cryptologist Technician Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-petty-officer-1st-class-sealenlisted-surface-warfare-specialist-jon-t-tumilson/6567923">Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-petty-officer-1st-class-seal-aaron-c-vaughn/6567924">Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla.

• http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-petty-officer-1st-class-seal-jason-r-workman/6567925">Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah.

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-petty-officer-1st-class-seal-jesse-d-pittman/6567926/">Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Willits, Calif.

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/navy-special-warfare-operator-petty-officer-2nd-class-seal-nicholas-p-spehar/6567927/">Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of St. Paul, Minn.

Army

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-chief-warrant-officer-4-david-r-carter/6567931/">Chief Warrant Officer 4 David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo.

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-chief-warrant-officer-2-bryan-j-nichols/6567933/">Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan.

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-staff-sgt-patrick-d-hamburger/6567932/">Staff Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb.

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-sgt-alexander-j-bennett/6567934/">Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash.

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-spc-spencer-c-duncan/6567935/">Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan.

Air Force

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/air-force-tech-sgt-john-w-brown/6567928/">Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/air-force-staff-sgt-andrew-w-harvell/6567929/">Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.

• http://militarytimes.com/valor/air-force-tech-sgt-daniel-l-zerbe/6567930/">Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa.

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