Chinook Crash Victims Identified

The Department of Defense has released the names of eight special operations soldiers who were killed when their helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday. Seven of them were from Hunter Army Airfield.

Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, Chief Warrant Officer Corey Goodnature, Sgt. Kip Jacoby, Sgt. First Class Marcus Muralles, Major Stephen Reich, Sgt. First Class Michael Russell and Chief Warrant Officer Chris Scherkenbach died after their Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents. All of the soldiers were from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, also known as the Nightstalkers, based at Hunter Army Airfield. Master Sgt. James Ponder, III, who was assigned to Headquarters Company, 160th based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was also killed in the crash.

The other eight victims were Navy Seals. A transport plane is on its way back to the United States with their bodies. This has been the deadliest week for American troops in Afghanistan since the overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001.