Comment by Jim Campbell
June 29th 2020
Some say Lt. Michael Murphy was responsible for the death of his team members.
To me it was a coin toss, he had to make a decision and he made one.
The Memorial is located in Honolulu Hawaii at honor park.
If ANTIFA attempts to desecrate this memorial, retired special operators will come after you.
To the SEALS who were there and paid the ultimate price for the love of their team members and country. This is for you.
The heroes of Operation Red Wing in Afghanistan in 2005. From left to right, Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson, of Cupertino, Calif; Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Daniel R. Healy, of Exeter, N.H.; Quartermaster 2nd Class James Suh, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell, of Texas; Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Patton, of Boulder City, Nev.; and Lt. Michael P. Murphy, of Patchogue, N.Y. With the exception of Luttrell, all were killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces while supporting Operation Red Wing. (U.S. Navy/Released) June 28, 2020 Laura WidenerShareTweetFlip
Today is the 15th anniversary of Operation Red Wings, which claimed the life of 19 U.S. service members in Afghanistan.
The list of those lost that day are as follows:
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
- Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.
- Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson, 29, of Cupertino, Calif.
- Machinist Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Eric S. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev.
- Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.
- Quartermaster 2nd Class (SEAL) James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2, Virginia Beach, Va.
- Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colo.
SEAL Team 10, Virginia Beach, Va.
- Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La.
- Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, Calif.
- Electronics Technician 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore.
- Lt. (SEAL) Michael M. McGreevy Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y.
- Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va.
Army Night Stalkers
3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.
- Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio.
- Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minn.
- Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.
- Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Ind.
- Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Conn.
- Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Va.
- Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla.
HQ Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.
- Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tenn.
On June 28, 2005, three of four Navy SEALs were killed during an ambush in the mountains of Kunar province and another 16 were killed in an RPG attack when they attempted a rescue by helicopter.
Only one Navy SEAL would live on that day – Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell.
Along with Lutrell, Lt. Michael Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class Matthew Axelson were the four SEALs on a recon mission scouting for a prominent terrorist that day.
Afghan sheepherders had spotted them, but the SEALs let them go free. It would be a decision later reconsidered, when between 30 and 50 enemy fighters later flooded the hills surrounding them and opened fire.
I watched the Movie “Lone Survivor” and it made me very angry. This movie was written by people who do not have a clue about the Military or the chain of command! The chain of command in the military is written in stone. The Commanding Officer does not lead by committee. To become an officer that training is made very clear on a daily basis. The mission and the men under his command are his first and foremost responsibility. War is all about killing and making really tough decisions about such matters.
The producers of that film attempted to make the Man in command appear to be compassionate and reasonable. Bullshit, war is not about compassion and sacrifice. Your men always come first and not anyone who may be the enemy or a part of the enemy. There were so many American Warriors who died needlessly because of one really bad decision.
Lt. Murphy knew that his team was on a mission in enemy territory with his other three SEALs on a recon mission scouting for a prominent terrorist that day. Murphy should have made the choice to protect his team! = IMO!
You are incorrect Potus fan go back and read the article. He made a decision, it was a coin toss. If they didn’t let the kids with the goats return, the Taliban would have come after them anyway.