Names of 16 killed in helicopter crash released
Defense Department officials on Saturday released the names of the 16 servicemembers killed when a helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan last week.
The eight soldiers and eight Navy SEALs were providing support to ground troops in Kumar Province when their MH-47 helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Officials said the soldiers were all assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) from Georgia. They were:
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.Master Sgt James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tenn.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.The sailors killed were:
Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La.Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, Calif.Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore.Lt. Michael M. McGreevy, Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y.Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric S. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev.Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va.Officials said Healy, Patton and Suh were assigned to the SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The other sailors were assigned to SEAL Team 10 out of Virginia Beach, Va.