If someone was sad, Michael Strange tried to make them smile. “He loved his friends, his family, his country; he loved making people laugh. He was one of a kind,” Strange's brother, Charles Strange III, said outside the family's Philadelphia home. His grandmother Bernice Strange remembered him as a young man who loved cheesesteaks and the Philadelphia Eagles and always brought her flowers. “He was a wonderful grandson to have,” she said Monday night. “God truly blessed me with him.” Robert James Reeves and Jonas Kelsall had been childhood friends in Shreveport, La., where they played soccer together and graduated from Caddo Magnet High School, Kelsall's father, John, told The Times of Shreveport and KLSA-TV. Both joined the military after graduation, though the 32-year-old Reeves spent a year at Louisiana State University first, his father, Jim Reeves, told the newspaper. Reeves became a SEAL in 1999 and served on SEAL Team 6, his father said. … [Read more...] about Photos: Navy SEALs killed in helicopter crash
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant John Chapman, whose tragic death in March 2002 in Afghanistan underscored the bravery of U.S. service members under extraordinarily difficult conditions. The circumstances of his death also sparked a controversy that continues even today: Was Chapman left behind? The White House announced in July that Chapman had been approved for the award for his conspicuous gallantry under fire in Afghanistan. This is the first Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor in combat, to be given to a member of the U.S. Air Force since the Vietnam war. For Chapman’s family, it's been 16 years since Valerie Nessel received notice that her husband had been killed on the snowy crest of the Takur Ghar mountain ridges of Afghanistan, less than six months after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Nessel then had to figure out how to break the news to … [Read more...] about Who Is John Chapman? Medal of Honor Recipient Died Fighting to Save a Navy SEAL, but Was He Left Behind?
close Video Medal of Honor recipient details controversial mission Highlights from Jennifer Griffin's interview with Medal of Honor recipient Britt Slabinski. He led a controversial SEAL Team Six mission in Afghanistan that ended with seven dead Americans. WASHINGTON – Six months after the 9/11 attacks, then-Senior Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski led a seven-man Navy SEAL Team Six unit to set up an observation post in eastern Afghanistan atop a 10,000-foot mountain known as Takur Ghar, to support U.S. forces in the valley below battling Al Qaeda in an operation known as Anaconda. In the ensuing battle, seven Americans would be killed. Thursday afternoon at the White House, President Trump presented Slabinski with the Medal of Honor for his actions – getting wounded team members off the mountain and directing devastating close-air-support against the enemy. But not everyone in the military’s close-knit special operations community sees it that … [Read more...] about Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL for controversial mission in Afghanistan
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Checkpoint by Dan Lamothe May 24 at 4:28 PM Email the author Tech. Sgt. John Chapman was killed in Afghanistan in 2002 while attempting to rescue a Navy SEAL. (U.S. Air Force) Two Chinook helicopters carrying elite U.S. troops roared through the chilly Afghan air above a mountaintop when disaster struck. Rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire ripped into one of the lumbering aircraft as it approached a landing zone, ejecting a Navy SEAL Team 6 member and prompting a rescue operation. On Thursday, President Trump awarded retired Master Chief Petty Officer Britt K. Slabinski the nation’s highest award for valor in … [Read more...] about As a Navy SEAL receives the Medal of Honor, frustrations remain about a related case
In eastern Afghanistan, Air Force Technical Sergeant John Chapman assaults the first bunker while Senior Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski, a SEAL team leader, trails behind him. Questions have arisen as to whether the airman was still alive when the SEALs escaped. Illustration by Ryan Inzana U.S. SEAL Team 6 Navy Seals Afghanistan Medal of Honor Update | Editor's note: Hours after Newsweek published this story, the White House announced that President Donald Trump would award the Medal of Honor to Britt Slabinski.As the pre-dawn twilight crept over an Afghan mountainside, an Air Force commando named Jay huddled in the snow, listening to a distressed voice crackle over his radio, then fade away. Moments later, he says, the voice came again, breaking through the static in little more than an anguished whisper: “This is Mako Three Zero Charlie.... This is Mako Three Zero Charlie….” The same six words, over and over, each time dissipating before Jay could hear … [Read more...] about The Navy SEALs Allegedly Left Behind a Man in Afghanistan. Did They Also Try to Block His Medal of Honor?