By Billy Vaughn,Monica Morrill,Cari Blake,LG Jerry Boykin US Army - Ret.
August 06, 2011, 2:20 a.m.—Operation Lefty Grove is underway, a hugely risky challenge to take out one other high-level Taliban operative, 3 months after the demise of Osama Bin encumbered.
In the darkish of evening, twenty-five US detailed Ops Forces and a five-man flight group on board Extortion 17, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Seven unidentified Afghan Commandos are allowed to hitch them. floor forces have already been engaged in a three-hour exhaustive conflict. Extortion 17’s in particular expert warriors drop into the new touchdown sector to aid their fellow warriors. yet there’s an issue: the normal chopper escorts have all been directed somewhere else. undertaking instructions are doubtful. Worse, pre-assault hearth to hide the Chinook transporting our courageous scuffling with males isn't really ordered.
On that fateful evening, Extortion 17 may by no means contact down. Taliban combatants fired 3 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) in fast succession. the 1st RPG shot under the Chinook, however the moment made touch in what the army may later describe as a “one-in-a-million shot.” The shot struck a rotor blade at the aft (rear) pylon, shearing off ten and a part ft of the blade. The 3rd shot flew above the falling chopper. inside of an issue of seconds, the chopper starts off to spin violently uncontrolled after which drops vertically right into a dry creek mattress and is engulfed in a wide fireball.
There aren't any survivors.
The thirty courageous americans misplaced that evening have been greater than simply warriors. They have been husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons. Billy Vaughn’s son, Aaron Carson Vaughn, used to be one among them.
Over the following few months as unsettling details at the tragic incident is published to the households, Billy Vaughn turns into more and more disturbed. Billy discovers that US army forces are usually not being ended in win battles, yet were despatched on a fool’s errand to “win the hearts and minds” of alternative international locations. he's informed that the united states ideas of Engagement have avoided our courageous defenders from protecting themselves. including insult to damage, Billy realized Muslim Imam used to be invited by means of our personal US army leaders to “pray” over his son’s lifeless physique. As US warfare heroes lay of their caskets sooner than their final flight domestic, the Imam damned America’s fallen warriors as “infidels” who could burn in hell. As US army leaders saw the rite at Bagram Air Base, the Imam boasted over the deaths people heroes with phrases equivalent to, “The partners of heaven [Muslims] are the winners.”
Betrayed is a center rending account in America’s background, a fascinating novel of religion, patriotism, honor, responsibility and loss. Betrayed is not only the biography of an American army relatives, it's a the most important, true-life narrative that each American needs to learn and comprehend approximately their govt and the chance America’s army process at present poses to all households. Betrayed is a booklet Billy Vaughn needs he didn’t need to write. yet his son is long gone and there are nonetheless unanswered questions. He must understand if discovering the reality may perhaps hinder one other father from status in his shoes.
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BETRAYED - The Shocking True Story Of Extortion 17 As Told By A Navy SEAL's Father by Billy Vaughn,Monica Morrill,Cari Blake,LG Jerry Boykin US Army - Ret.