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Topic - Heath M. Robinson
The American troops who died aboard a downed helicopter in Afghanistan came to the special forces from far-flung corners of the country, some motivated by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They were intensely patriotic and talented young men with a love of physical challenges and a passion for the high-risk job they chose.
The Defense Department on Thursday released the names of U.S. troops killed Saturday in the downing of their Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan's Wardak province.