KIA August 6, 2011
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL Naval Special Warfare Unit
On August 6, 2011, a CH-47 Chinook military helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down while transporting a Quick Reaction Force team attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers. The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board – 22 Navy SEALs and Naval Special Warfare support personnel, three Air Force Special Operations forces, five Army National Guard and Army Reserve crewmen, seven Afghan commandos, and one Afghan interpreter – as well as a U.S. military working dog. This is considered the worst loss of U.S. Military life in the Afghanistan campaign, surpassing Operation Red Wings in 2005.
Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath Robinson enlisted in the Navy in January of 1996. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in January of 2000. Robinson served with two West Coast-based special warfare units from March 2000 to April 2004, and later served with four East Coast-based special warfare units beginning in April 2004.
SOCS Robinson’s decorations include five Bronze Star Medals, three with ‘V’ for valor; Joint Service Commendation Medal; three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two with ‘V’ for valor; Joint Service Achievement Medal; three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals; Combat Action Ribbon; two Presidential Unit Citations; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation; five Navy Good Conduct Medals; Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; two Afghanistan Campaign Medals; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Navy Expert Rifleman Medal and Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.
SOCS Heath Robinson is survived by both parents, wife, daughter, and two brothers.
SOCS Heath Robinson was 34 years old from Detroit, Michigan.
Original portrait was presented April 26, 2013 to his father and family in Florence, South Carolina.