While the rest of the world was fixated on the closing arguments in America’s contentious political battle, many Americans overseas continued defending freedom the same way they always do. With their lives.
In the span of three days, six Green Berets were killed in action. Their deaths were footnotes on the radar of most major media outlets, but not within the community of elite soldiers who are quietly fighting wars on America’s behalf.
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Two of the soldiers died in Afghanistan. Three more were killed in Jordan. The sixth died in a training exercise at the Special Forces Dive School in Florida.
“They are in dark corners of the world and even their training is very dangerous,” Jen Paquette, executive director of the Green Beret Foundation, wrote in a Facebook post.
Staff. Sgt. David Whitcher, 30, was involved in a training accident last Wednesday. Whitcher died diving off the coast of Key West, Florida. A statement from US Army Special Operations Command indicates the death is being investigated. Whitcher was previously assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Capt. Andrew Byers, 30, and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Gloyer, 34, were killed Tuesday in a firefight with Taliban forces in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Both men were assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
The Fort Campbell, Kentucky 5th Special Forces Group lost three soldiers on Friday. The men were at a Jordanian military base. Details of the incident are still unfolding. Staff Sergeants Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, and James F. Moriarty, 27, were engaged by Jordanian security forces at the gate to Prince Faisal Air Base. The Americans were there as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.
The death of these men come as a dire reminder, for many, that we are still at war. In a nation divided by political smoke-screens, we’ve all but lost track of the Taliban. But all six men gave their lives in defense of our freedom, and that cannot be forgotten.