A friend I'll call Lunar Spook writes:
Tonight is just one of those dark nights . . . the anniversary of the darkest 48 hours of my life - Operation Anaconda, March 2002 . . . Shahi Kot Valley, Afghanistan.
Although time has past and other subsequent deployments have faded from my memory, I somehow struggle each year with this day.
Can you please post an acknowledgement in memory of the great men who fought this battle?
Bravery and Breakdowns in a Ridgetop Battle
7 Americans Died in Rescue Effort That Revealed Mistakes and Determination
Anderson, Marc A., 30 Specialist A Co/1st Bn/75th Ranger Regt US Army Hostile Fire - Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan
Crose, Peter P., 22 Sergeant A Co/1st Bn/75th Ranger Regt US Army Hostile Fire - Eastern Afghanistan
Chapman, John A., 36 Technical Sergeant 24th Special Tactics Squadron US Air Force Hostile Fire - Southern Afghanistan
Cunningham, Jason D., 26 Senior Airman 38th Rescue Squadron US Air Force Hostile Fire - Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan
Svitak, Philip J., 31 Sergeant 160th Special Operations Aviation Regt US Army Hostile Fire Eastern Afghanistan
Roberts, Neil C., 32 Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class SEAL Team Six US Navy Hostile Fire - RPG Attack Eastern Afghanistan
Commons, Matthew A., 21 Private 1st Class A Co, 1st Bn, 75th Ranger Regt US Army Hostile Fire Eastern Afghanistan
Harriman, Stanley L., 34 Chief Warrant Officer Two 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)