by Allen West
Back on August 6, 2011, six months after Navy SEALs had terminated Osama Bin Laden, America suffered the single largest one-day loss of life in the ten year combat operation in Afghanistan. It was also the largest loss of Navy Special Warfare life in their history.
The mission that fateful evening entailed US forces going into the Tangi River valley in Wardak Province in Afghanistan after Taliban leader Qari Tahir. A series of questionable events led to the shoot down of a CH-47D helicopter, call sign Extortion 17. Thirty lives were lost including 16 Navy SEALs.
One of those was 30-year-old Aaron Vaughn, who left a wife and two children.
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