Sunday, March 4, 2012

In Memoriam: Operation ANACONDA 2002

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

The Fallen


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)

Honor Them

Bunker in the Gardez valley used by American Soldiers as headquarters for all communications and attacks inside the battle zone.


  1. Lunar Spook, I am sorry for your losses for you grieve for many! CPL Matthew Commoms is my step brother. Thank you for keeping their memory alive. It is important that we remember all of the fallen. Matt was post-humously promoted to corporal. Our family and friends just completed the Darby Ranger Run in his and all the fallen's honor. Please contact me at and I will get a shirt to you honoring Matt and the other fallen. This is not an email account that I use so it may take a few days for me to get back to you. I suspect that you do not know Matthew personally, but if you did our family would appreciate any stories or pictures you may have him.

    The memories of these men live on. They live on in memorials across the country. We call the mountain Robert's Ridge in honor of Neil Roberts. The chapel at Bagram its the Commons Memorial chapel. These are just a few ways we remember these men. Thank you for remembering and honoring these men. We will never forget!

    Thank you for your service to our country!

  2. There is also s typo. It is Bradley Crose.