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Aviation Boatswain's Mate Petty Officer 1st Class Neil C. Roberts

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Petty Officer 1st Class Neil C. Roberts picture
Age: 32
Conflict: Afghanistan
Casualty Date: March, 2002
Unit: Naval Special Warfare Development Group
Hometown: Woodland, California
Details:

Roberts was aboard a MH-47 Chinook helicopter preparing to land on Takur Ghar mountain in eastern Afghanistan when the helicopter was hit by rocket-propelled grenades, causing Roberts to fall from the helicopter's ramp. Roberts survived the fall and immediately engaed al Qaeda fighters with his M-249 light machine guns, surviving at least 30 minutes before he was shot and killed at close range.