Clockwise from top left: Kevin Houston, age 35, W. Hyannisport, MA; Brian Bill, age 31, Stamford, CT ; Patrick Hamburger, age 30, Lincoln, NE; John W. Brown, age 33, Talahassee, FL; Michael Strange, age 25, Philadelphia, PA; Chris Campbell, age 36, Jacksonville, NC.
Photos courtesy of their families, published in People.com
The U.S. Defense Department yesterday released the names of the 30 U.S. military personnel killed in Saturday's downing of the Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan. 22 were Navy personnel, the other 7 were Air Force Special Ops. Of the 17 SEALS lost in the blast, 15 were members of SEAL Team Six, the elite force that took out Osama Bin Laden. CNN.com has published a beautiful tribute to these men and their families who remember them. They were real people, men mostly in their early 30s -- the prime of their lives. Some were fathers of young children. Many leave behind grieving young widows or fiancees. Many were fondly recalled by their high school football and wrestling coaches, their friends and their parents. All were heroes. All are gone too soon.
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