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Monday, September 25 2017 @ 04:31 am PDT

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Heroes Recognize Heroes

PJ StuffDue Recognition

I wish I had more I could tell the young son of the Chinook pilot. I wish I could explain how media goes for the easy headline, not the accurate one, and I wish I could tell him why people just accept what media gives them and fail to do the math.

But more than anything, I want Braydon and the other non-NSW families to know that countless others understand that heroism isn't defined by media attention. The opinions of 99% of the people following the story don't really matter. But the 1%...military families, warriors past and present...They honor your loved one and your sacrifice. You are in the hearts of thousands who remember:

Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo. 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion)

Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan. 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion)

Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb. 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion)

Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash. 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion)

Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan. 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion)

Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla. 24th Special Tactics Squadron

Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif. 24th Special Tactics Squadron

Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa. 24th Special Tactics Squadron

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PJ News

PJ Stuff58th SOW Pararescuemen Save Lost Hiker
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Tribute T-Shirt Available

PJ StuffPipe Hitters Union now has the Tribute T-Shirt available.

PHU will be donating proceeds to the charities which directly assist the families of those who died in last week's chopper crash.

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PJ News

PJ StuffFrench Award Medal to Pararescue Airmen

2011 Pitsenbarger Award

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Got Em

PJ StuffTaliban Insurgents Behind Afghan Chopper Crash Killed in Airstrike
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Donation links

PJ StuffTo support the families of the PJs/CCT killed in the chopper crash, please donate at That Others May Live Foundation

To support the SEAL families, please donate at NSW Foundation or, to donate $10, text "SEAL" to 90999.

If anyone knows of a way to support the Army families, please let me know.

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Upcoming....

PJ StuffThis will be available in T-shirt form soon from Pipehitters' Union: http://www.pipehittersunionstore.com/

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Said better...

PJ StuffChopper Down: The Phone Call You Never Forget
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Heroes

PJ StuffThe more I learn about the men lost in last week's chopper crash, the heavier the loss becomes.

They were truly among our best. SEALs...PJs...CCT...Nightstalkers...those titles say so much, but word is that the excelled even among their brothers.

In my mind's eye I see the thirty flag-draped coffins that are on their way home and it nearly pushes me to the brink. Good men die every day and heroes die every month. And they are not forgotten. But the death of these men is truly a national tragedy. Their tactical importance is unparalleled, and their patriotism and moral courage defined them as our nation's best. One mother's comment particularly hits home: "Everything he did was secret, and it just feels really strange right now, that only in his death can we celebrate who he was in his life."

While the SEALs deserve every bit of attention they're getting, it does aggravate me that the USAF personnel are barely mentioned. But unless specifically requested, I'm going to hold off for a while on posting name compilations or other details other than what I've already done. Believe me, I want to honor them in every way possible. But their families need privacy and also need to feel secure. And this is what we have left, to take care of those left behind. I'm standing by to help in any way I can. Just let me know.

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Names

PJ StuffTwo pararescuemen died in the helicopter crash:
John Brown
Daniel Zerbe

Also one combat controller:
Andy Harvell

Memory Eternal...

EDIT: I should specify that these names came via text message from an unofficial source. If there are any mistakes, or if you're a PJ or family member who has reason to believe this information should be removed, please let me know immediately. My prayers are with you all.

EDIT 2: To support their families, please donate at http://www.thatothersmaylive.org/