The Department of Defense just released the names of all 30 U.S. military forces killed in Saturday’s shoot-down. You can read their names HERE.
A 10-year-old son of one of the 30 U.S. military personnel killed in the CH-47 Helo crash in Afghanistan wants his dad remember too. Braydon Nichols had watched news reports over the past several days that mentioned the names and showed the photographs of many of the Special Forces killed. But, his father, Bryan Nichols, was not among them.
So, Braydon Nichols sent a photo of his father, an Army pilot, and this message to CNN’s Citizen Reporting website - IReport:
My father was one of the 30 US Soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday with the Seals rescue mission. My father was the pilot of the chinook. I have seen other pictures of victims from this deadly mission and wish you would include a picture of my father. He is the farthest to the left.
Braydon Nichols, 10 yrs old
Kansas City, MO
CNN producers said they verified the information and talked to adults in Braydon Nichols’ family before making his post public.
The Pentagon has delayed releasing the names of those killed. But, several media outlets – including iCasualties.org, have publicized many of the names and photos of the SEALs and other service members killed Saturday when the Taliban downed the CH-47 helo. It was a Special Operations mission with 30 U.S. military, 7 Afghan soldiers and a civilian interpreter in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
Most of those aboard were Special Forces which makes their surviving children eligible for a free college education through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Due to the enormity of the tragedy, the SOWF board of directors voted Wednesday to provide its services to the families of all the U.S. troops killed aboard the helicopter downed on Aug. 6th.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is in the process of contacting the families to let them know about the opportunity which includes tuition, books, fees, room and board, a computer and a printer.
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