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Kraig Vickers, Navy EOD, dies in SEAL TEAM Chopper Crash

Maui man killed in Afghanistan chopper crash

HAIKUA (HawaiiNewsNow) – A Maui man was one of the 30 Americans killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. According to friends, Kraig Vickers of Haiku died when insurgents shot down the military chopper. Vickers was a 1992 graduate of Maui High School.

The Maui News reports that he was a Navy bomb disposal team member. This was the single deadliest loss for U.S. troops since the war in Afghanistan started. Most of those killed were Navy SEALS

August 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal | , , , | 7 Comments

Casualty List Afghanistan Chopper Crash 8/6/2011

We are updating as the families release their names

Photos of the Fallen

Click on each name to read their story

Aaron Carson Vaughn    SO1 SEAL

and here

John W Brown    USAF Tech Sgt Pararescue Medic

Robert James Reeves     Chief Petty Officer SOC SEAL

Lt. Commander Jonas Benton Kelsall    SEAL

and here

Jon Tumilson  OS2 SEAL

Kraig Vickers   Navy EOD

and here   and here

Kevin Houston  SO1 SEAL

and here

Chris Campbell   OS2Christopher Campbell SEAL

Spencer Duncan   Army Specialist 4 Door Gunner Bravo Company

Patrick Hamburger    Army Sgt Nebraska National Guard

and here

Michael Strange    Petty Officer First Class  Cryptologist CT

and here

Tommy Ratzlaff   SO1 SEAL

Matt Mills  Chief Petty Officer Stephan Mathew Mills SOC SEAL

and here    and here

Jason Workman  SO1 Petty Officer First Class SEAL

Nick Spehar   SO2 Nicholas Spehar SEAL

Matt Mason  Mathew Mason  SEAL

and here

Derek Benson  Darrik Benson SEAL

Brian Robert Bill    SOC SEAL

and here    here

Alexander Bennett  Army Specialist  Flight Mechanic

Bryan Nichols   Chief Warrant Officer 2  Pilot

Dan Zerbe   Daniel Zerbe Airman  E-5 Staff Sergeant Pararescue Medic

and here    and here

Lou Langlais    Master Chief Petty Officer  SEAL

John Douangdara  Master at Arms Petty Officer 1st Class Lead Dog Handler

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

Nick Null  Navy EOD

and here   and here

Unnamed Navy SEAL from West Virginia

Jared William Day  Information Systems Technician First Class DEVGRU

Statement by Family of Jared William Day

John Weston Faas  Chief Petty Officer

Statement by Family of John Weston Faas

Andy Harvell Staff Sgt Combat Controller

Please send info or updates to dbacasualty@yahoo.com

And finally on August 11

Pentagon releases identities of  Troops Killed in Afghanistan Chinook Crash

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Daniel J. Patron, Marine EOD, killed in Afghanistan

Perry grad Daniel J. Patron killed in Afghanistan

Times Reporter  August 7, 2011

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel J. Patron, a 2003 Perry High School graduate, was killed Saturday while detonating a roadside bomb in Sangin, Afghanistan, in the Helmand province.

Patron, 26, was killed at 11:19 a.m.

Patron, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, was a member of the 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, which was attached to Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, according to the family. He was deployed to Afghanistan in April. Patron’s duty was scheduled to end last month, but he chose to extend his service.

He is the son of Kathy and Frank Patron, and brother of Matthew Patron. He and his wife, Cody (Drace) Patron, were married two years.

Patron’s parents were flying to Dover, Del., Sunday morning to retrieve their son’s body.

Kathy Patron said her son enlisted after high school because of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. His parents called their son “selfless, brave and gutsy.”

“Funny, handsome, very, very well liked,” Kathy Patron said. “He was a fine man. He had a beautiful smile.”

Patron was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. Funeral arrangements are pending, though his mother said he will be buried here.

Please see the original here

August 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cuba upholds US contractor Alan Gross sentence

Cuba’s Supreme Court has upheld a 15-year prison sentence imposed on a US contractor accused of crimes against the state.

BBC August 5, 2011

The contractor, 62-year-old Alan Gross, was convicted in March of distributing illegal communications equipment in Havana.

He says he was just trying to help Cuba’s small Jewish community.

The rejection of his appeal is likely to further sour relations between the US and Cuba.

In his appeal hearing last month Gross admitted bringing satellite equipment into the country, but said he never intended to harm the Cuban government.

The Supreme Court rejected his argument, saying he was part of a US government programme aimed at “destabilising” and “subverting” Cuba’s communist system.

Gross’s US lawyer, Peter Kahn, said in a statement that his family was “heartbroken” by the decision, but remained hopeful that there could be a diplomatic solution.

Please read more at the BBC

August 7, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, State Department | , , , | Leave a comment