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Killed in Battle
Seven U.S. Servicemen Died in Rescue Effort

Spc. Marc A. Anderson: 30, of Brandon, Fla. An Army Ranger, Anderson served almost four years in the Army and was looking forward to release from active duty in a few months. He planned to return to teaching high school math. He died during the rescue mission after being hit by enemy fire on the Chinook helicopter Razor 1.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman: 36, of Waco, Tex. A Special Operations air controller based at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, N.C., Chapman and his wife Valerie had two daughters, ages 3 and 5. He was killed by enemy fire during an attempt to rescue Roberts.
Army Pfc. Matthew A. Commons: 21, of Boulder City, Nev. Commons graduated high school in 1999 in Boulder City, a town of 15,000 near the Hoover Dam, but dropped out of the University of Nevada at Reno after a year to realize his dream of becoming a Ranger. He was hit by enemy fire and killed while exiting the Chinook helicopter Razor 1 during the rescue mission.

Army Sgt. Bradley S. Crose: 22, of Orange Park, Fla. Crose was based with Anderson at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. Crose was hit by enemy fire and killed while on the ramp of the Chinook helicopter Razor 1 during the rescue mission.

Air Force Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham: 26, of Camarillo, Calif. Cunningham had two daughters: Hannah, 2, and Kyla, 4, with his wife Theresa.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Neil C. Roberts: 32, of Woodland, Calif. A Navy SEAL, Roberts fell off the back of the crippled Razor 3 Chinook helicopter after it was hit by enemy fire. Roberts is believed to have been captured by al Qaeda and later killed, though reports on how he died vary.
Army Sgt. Philip J. Svitak: 31, of Joplin, Mo., based at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia with a Special Operations helicopter unit. Svitak was the father of two boys, ages 5 and 2. He died during the rescue mission after being hit by enemy fire aboard the Chinook helicopter Razor 1.

SOURCE: The Washington Post, Federal and state court records

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