The Navy confirmed that 22 SEALS and eight other U.S. service members died when a CH-47 Chinook crashed in the restive Wardak province on August 6, 2011, in the early morning.

The Navy confirmed that 22 SEALS and eight other U.S. service members died when a CH-47 Chinook crashed in the restive Wardak province on August 6, 2011, in the early morning. This is the single largest loss of life for U.S. troops since the Afghan war began in late 2001. Among those killed was Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, who was stationed in Virginia Beach, VA. Vaughn’s wife of three years, Kimberly, received the news on Saturday. She said her late husband “wouldn’t want to leave this Earth any other way than how he did.” Vaughn’s grandmother called him a “great American” who wanted to be a Navy SEAL ever since he was a boy. Vaughn leaves behind his wife, Kimberley, 2-year-old son Reagan and 2-month-old daughter, Chamberlyn. Full article.

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