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 Unidentified Remains Extortion 17

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Unidentified Remains Extortion 17

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 6 Aug 2011 Saydabad, Wardak, Afghanistan
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 60 Site 9938
  • Memorial ID 92757679

This is the Group Burial for unidentified remains of casualties of the Chinook helicopter (CH-47D 89-00175) which crashed in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. The call sign for the Chinook was "Extortion 17". The crash occurred in Tangi Joi Zareen, in the district of Sayd Abad in Wardak Province after it was struck by an RPG. A/C was on an IRF mission to assist members of the 75th Rangers engaged in a fierce firefight.

The 38 lives lost in the crash included 30 US military. This included 15 Navy SEALs from SEAL Team Six, the unit responsible for the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. This August 6th crash is considered the worst loss of US Military life in a single incident in the decade-long war in Afghanistan that began in 2001.

The casualties were:

US Army:
SPC Alexander J Bennett [Flight Engineer] (promoted posthumously to Sergeant)
CW4 David R Carter
[Pilot] (promoted posthumously to CW5)
SPC Spencer C Duncan
[Crew Chief]
SGT Patrick D Hamburger
[Fligth Engineer] (promoted posthumously to Staff Sergeant)
CW2 Bryan J Nichols
[Pilot in Command]

US Navy SEAL Team 6:
PO1 Darrik C Benson
CPO Brian R Bill
PO1 Christopher G Campbell
MA1 John Douangdara
CPO John W Faas
PO1 Kevin A Houston
LCDR Jonas B Kelsall
MCPO Louis J Langlais
CPO Matthew D Mason
CPO Stephen M Mills
PO1 Jesse D Pittman
SCPO Thomas A Ratzlaff
CPO Robert J Reeves
CPO Heath M Robinson
PO2 Nicholas P Spehar
PO1 Jon T Tumilson
PO1 Aaron C Vaughn
PO1 Jason R Workman

US Navy:
PO1 Jared W Day
CPO Nicholas H Null
PO1 Michael J Strange
SCPO Kraig M Vickers

US Air Force:
TSGT John W Brown [PJ]
SSGT Andrew W Harvell [CCT]
TSGT Daniel L Zerbe [PJ]


7 Afgahn National Army Specials Ops Commandos
1 Afghan Civilian interpreter
1 US Military Working Dog


  • Created by: A Horan
  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Unidentified Remains Extortion 17 (unknown–6 Aug 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92757679, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by A Horan (contributor 47237309) .