I wanted to honor the men with some of my personal memories of my final interviews with them, and wrote this piece for Time magazine’s website, Time.com… It just went live. Please take a minute to comment on the Time website, or share this with anybody you know so they might realize the importance of this day for the family and friends of these fallen heroes.
Monday, August 6 marks the first anniversary of the Afghan crash of a U.S. military CH-47 Chinook helicopter that killed 30 Americans, including 17 Navy SEALS. It was the worst single loss-of-life day for the U.S. in the war in Afghanistan. It was also the worst in the history of Naval Special Warfare.
Just six weeks before the crash, I spent several days meeting with members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team SIX, talking to them about the loss of one of their teammates, Adam Brown, who had been killed in action during an especially complex raid on a compound in Afghanistan.