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CW3 Corey J. Goodnature
United States Army

3rd Battalion, TF 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)


FEB 13, 1970 – JUN 28, 2005 | Kunar Province, Afghanistan

Hometown: Clarks Grove, MN

On June 28, 2005, a team of Navy SEALs came under intense fire in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Hearing their urgent radio calls, the men assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment responded. Two aircraft departed their firebase with a SEAL security team. During landing, the lead aircraft was hit by Taliban fire and crashed on the mountainside below. All eight aircrew along with the eight fellow Navy SEALs were killed. CW3 Corey Goodnature was the Flight Lead Pilot of that aircraft. Corey and his fellow soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to save others from harm. To honor Corey’s legacy, his family created the Corey Goodnature Memorial Scholarship Fund.