Many of us know the Hero WOD “Murph” and some may know the heroic events surrounding Lt. Michael Murphy but not everyone may know about the full details of Operation Redwing and all the other brave men that were involved in this incident. The anniversary date for Operation Redwing and the deaths of eleven Navy SEALS and eight 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment is June 28th 2005. I only found it fitting to do this WOD and attempt to educate people on all the other lives that were lost on this tragic day.
In the summer of 2005, a four-man Navy SEAL team consisting of Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson and Marcus Luttrell departed for a reconnaissance mission high in the Hindu Kush Mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The team’s target was Ahmad Shah, a local terrorist leader with close ties to Bin Laden who led a group of insurgents referred to as the “Mountain Tigers”. Luttrell’s team came under attack and five days after insertion, Luttrell was the only SEAL to make it out alive. To learn more about Marcus Luttrell and Operation Redwing please read Luttrell’s book “Lone Survivor”
While Luttrell’s team were engaged in a firefight with the Taliban a call for help was given by Michael Murphy so a quick reaction force (QRF) could come out and provide them with reinforcements. One of the MH-47 helicopters that carried part of the QRF was struck by an RPG-7 rocket propelled grenade, causing the helicopter to immediately plummet to the ground, killing all 8 160th Army Special Operations Aviators and all 8 Navy SEALs who were passengers.
The bodies of those lost in the MH-47 shootdown were recovered (8 Navy SEALs and 8 Army Special Operations Aviators). After an intensive search, the bodies of Dietz, Murphy, and Axelson were eventually recovered, and Marcus Luttrell was rescued, his survival due in part to the aid of a local Afghan villager in the village of Salar Ban.
It is my intentions to show everyone how heroic and courages Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson were during the last hours of their lives. There is no way I could do it any better than Marcus Luttrell’s book “Lone Survivor” so we will do this WoD in remembrance, then go see the movie tonight.
3 Bear Complex (95/135)
8 Barbell Burpees (95/135)
8 Thrusters (95/135)
The rep scheme for this Hero WOD was created to represent the following:
– 4 rounds represent the four man reconnaissance team
– 3 Barbell Complex represents the 3 Navy SEALs killed from the team (Murphy, Deitz, Axelson)
– 8 Barbell Burpees represents the 8 Navy SEALs killed in the helicopter crash (Jacques Fontan, Daniel Healy, Erik Kristensen, Jeffery Lucas, Michael McGreevy Jr., James Suh, Jeffrey Taylor, Shane Patton)
– 8 Thrusters represents the 8 160th Army SOAR members killed in the helicopter crash (Shamus Goare, Corey Goodnature, Kip Jacoby, Marcus Muralles, James Ponder III, Stephen Reich, Michael Russell, Chris Scherkenbach)