Here we honor those who died while serving their country in the war on terrorism. Let us remember that America's freedom has been retained because these men and women and their families have paid the ultimate price.
Dedicated to those who gave their lives so
"That Others May Live"
"God has a Special Place in Heaven for all the Heroes..."
Listed on this page are the names of USAF air rescue and special operations personnel killed while conducting air rescue operations in this war. Let us all pray that this list does not continue to grow. If the name is in blue, it is hyperlinked to information about how that individual was killed. I regret that I do not have information on all of these personnel. If I am missing names or if you have information to provide on these or missing heroes, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die. - Author Unknown
Operation Enduring Freedom -
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These two PJs were supporting combat operations against an Osama Bin Laudin cell in the southern Philippines that call themselves Abu Sayaf. They were killed in the crash of an MH-47 on February 21, 2002
Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel
II, 29, Greenville, OH
Staff Sgt. Juan M. Ridout, 36, Maple Tree, WA (More Information)
Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan
John Chapman and Jason Cunningham were killed on March 4, 2002 during a major battle against Taliban forces that might have involved Osama Bin Laudin himself. John was a CCT and Jason was a PJ. Both were involved in a rescue mission for a Navy SEAL who was surrounded by enemy forces. In the course of the battle both men saved many lives and lost their own. Both men were posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross for heroism.
John A. Chapman, 36,
Windsor Locks, CT
Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham, 26, Camarillo, CA
The five men and one woman below were an HH-60 air rescue crew downed during a medevac mission to save two Afghani children on March 23, 2003. Their callsign was "Komodo 11"
Tamara Archuleta, 23, Los Lunas,
Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks, 25, Jefferson, SC
Master Sgt. Michael Maltz, 42, St. Petersburg, FL
Senior Airman Jason Plite, 21, Lansing, MI
Lt. Col. John Stein, 39, Bardolph, IL
Staff Sgt. John Teal, 29, Dallas, TX
Technical Sergeant Scott E. Duffman, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M. was killed in action in Afghanistan on 18 February 2007. He was on an MH-47 with twenty-one other personnel when it crashed. At the time of the crash, they were providing CSAR coverage to several ongoing operations. The cause of the crash appears to be catastrophic engine failure. Eight personnel were killed in the crash. Two other PJs and one CCT were seriously injured. TSgt Duffman was assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, NC when he was deployed to Southwest Asia. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Sofia, and his mother Rose. A memorial ceremony was held on 22 February 2007 at the Joint Special Operations Command compound. Scott was buried on March 2, 2007 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Technical Sergeant Scott E. Duffman, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M.
Fallen Pararescuemen and their Rescue Teammates
was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go,
and did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing,
And reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal
loneliness...should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging cold of fear,
and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment's love.
I have cried, pained and hoped...
but most of all,
I have lived times others would say best forgotten.
Always I will be able to say,
that I was proud of what I was: a Rescueman