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Operation Redwing

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A powerpoint about the Navy SEAL operation, Operation Redwing

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Operation Redwing

  1. 1. Operation Redwing By: Erik Krueger and Max Weiss Period 6, US History II H
  2. 2. Background Info <ul><li>Navy SEAL operation in Afghanistan. </li></ul><ul><li>Took place on June 28 th , 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Four man group included: </li></ul><ul><li>Lt. Michael Murphy </li></ul><ul><li>Gunner’s Mate 2 nd Class Danny Dietz </li></ul><ul><li>Sonar Technician 2 nd Class Matthew Axelson </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital Corpsman 2 nd Class Marcus Lutrell </li></ul><ul><li>Main objective was to capture/kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah </li></ul>
  3. 3. Map Of Operation Redwing
  4. 4. Start of the Action <ul><li>The SEALs’ hiding place was found by Afghani goat herders. </li></ul><ul><li>The SEALs voted to let the goat herders go rather than killing them. </li></ul><ul><li>Soon they were surrounded by 200 Afghani fighters. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing the terrain was a huge advantage for the Afghanis. </li></ul><ul><li>Both groups began open firing, soon the SEALs were in trouble. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Getting Backup <ul><li>Soon, the SEALs began jumping down the mountains and were forced into a ravine. </li></ul><ul><li>Murphy tried to get help by calling for more ground and air troops. </li></ul><ul><li>Things began to look hopeful when the helicopters came. </li></ul><ul><li>However, the Chinook helicopter carrying 8 SEALs and 8 Army Night Stalkers was blown up by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). </li></ul>
  6. 6. End of Action <ul><li>After the fire fight, Lutrell was the only SEAL alive. </li></ul><ul><li>Very weak and badly injured, Lutrell began to crawl/walk. </li></ul><ul><li>Seven miles later, local villagers found him and took him to their village. </li></ul><ul><li>The locals hid him from the Taliban and healed him until US help came. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Resolution <ul><li>Lutrell was eventually rescued from the small town on July 2 nd . </li></ul><ul><li>The death toll was one of the worst in six years for U.S. Special Forces. </li></ul><ul><li>This operation was “the single largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since WWII.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lessons of Operation Redwing <ul><li>The Taliban is a serious threat to the US and the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Despite having advanced technology, US forces are at a disadvantage fighting in the Afghan mountains. </li></ul><ul><li>The US may have to change its tactics, especially now when President Obama is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan to battle the Taliban. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Awards <ul><li>Lt. Mike Murphy was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for sacrificing himself to get help for his men </li></ul><ul><li>Petty Officers Danny Dietz, Matt Axelson and Marcus Luttrell were awarded the Navy Cross foe their courage in battle </li></ul>
  10. 10. Casualties <ul><li>Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.  </li></ul><ul><li>Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson, 29, of Cupertino, Calif. </li></ul><ul><li>Machinist Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Eric S. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev. </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.  </li></ul><ul><li>Quartermaster 2nd Class (SEAL) James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.  </li></ul>
  11. 11. Casualties, Cont. <ul><li>Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La.  </li></ul><ul><li>Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, Calif.  </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics Technician 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore.  </li></ul><ul><li>Lt. (SEAL) Michael M. McGreevy Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y.  </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va.  </li></ul>
  12. 12. Casualties, Cont. <ul><li>Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio.  </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minn.  </li></ul><ul><li>Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.  </li></ul><ul><li>Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Ind.  </li></ul><ul><li>Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Conn.  </li></ul>
  13. 13. Casualties, Cont. <ul><li>Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Va.  </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla. </li></ul><ul><li>Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colo.  </li></ul><ul><li>Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tenn.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sources <ul><li>1) http://www.navy.mil/moh/mpmurphy/soa.html </li></ul><ul><li>2) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article542369.ece </li></ul>

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