TMR 135 : Charles & Mary Ann Strange : Michael, SEAL Team Six & Extortion 17
This week we are honoured to speak with Charles and Mary Ann Strange, whose son Michael—Cryptologic Technician and Petty Officer (Collection) First Class Michael Strange—was tragically killed in a suspicious helicopter shoot-down in Afghanistan.
Michael had served as a member of SEAL Team Six when it was reported to have assassinated Osama bin Laden at the beginning of May 2011. But on August 6, 2011 Michael was killed—along with fourteen other members of SEAL Team Six, two other Navy SEALs, thirteen US Army and US Navy support personnel, seven Afghan commandos, one Afgan interpreter and one US military working dog—when the CH-47D Chinook helicopter in which they were travelling was shot down by the Taliban.
But this was no ordinary tragedy in the horrific course of warfare; it was a deeply suspicious event. And many of the families who lost loved ones that day continue to press their catalogue of serious questions that the authorities seem unwilling to answer.
[Michael Strange, Extortion 17, SEAL Team 6, DEVGRU, CH-47D, Chinook, Osama bin Laden, Qari Tahir, Jeffrey Colt, black box, Tangi Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Douglas Hamburger, Hamid Karzai, JSOTF, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Garry Reid, Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, William McRaven, Michael Mullen, Jason Chaffetz]