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Basenshukai
02-17-2006, 09:19
RELEASE NUMBER: 060216-01
DATE POSTED: FEBRUARY 17, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Special Operations Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Special Operations Command

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Feb. 17, 2006) — Four Army Special Operations Soldiers died Feb. 13 north of Deh Rawod in central Afghanistan, when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an improvised explosive device.

Killed were Staff Sgt. Edwin DazaChacon, Sgt. 1st Class Chad Gonsalves, both of 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Sgt. Alberto Montrond of Group Support Battalion, 7th SFG (A) here along with Staff Sgt. Clinton T. Newman from the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, San Antonio, Texas.

STAFF SGT. EDWIN H. DAZACHACON

DazaChachon, 38, was a native of Diamondbar, Calif. He joined the Army in November 1997. After a break in service, he reenlisted in the Army in 2005 and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th SFG (A) as a senior cryptologic linguist in April.

He spoke Spanish and was a college graduate.


He served with the 508th Infantry Regiment (Airborne) in Vincenza, Italy and participated in deployments in Southwest Asia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and the Sanai. He also served with 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C., during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
DazaChachon’s military education included Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training for Infantrymen, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Airborne Course, and the Jumpmaster Course.

DazaChacon’s awards and decorations included the Bronze Star with “V” device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Multinational Force and Observers Medal, NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Senior Parachutist Badge, Tunisian Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Combat Action Badge.


He is survived by his mother, Smila Franks of Brea, Calif., his father Edison DazaArana of Palmira Valle, Colombia, South America and his sisters, Monique Francesca DazaChacon of Brea, Calif., and Jessica DazaChacon of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

SGT. 1ST CLASS CHAD A. GONSALVES

Gonsalves, a native of Turlock, Calif., was 31 years old. He joined the Army in July 1996 and completed basic and advanced individual training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Ga.

He then served as an infantry team leader with 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, Conn Barracks, near Schweinfurt, Germany where he served four years. In 2000, Gonsalves volunteered for Special Forces training and upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course he was assigned to 7th SFG (A) in 2001 as a Special Forces weapons sergeant.


His awards and decorations included the Bronze Star with “V” device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab.


Gonsalves’ awards and decorations included the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab.

He is survived by his wife Julie, and three sons Cody, Blake and Dylan of Spring Lake, N.C. His parents, Larry and Marsha Gonsalves of Turlock also survive him.

SGT. ALBERTO D. MONTROND

Montrond, a resident of Fayetteville, N.C., was 27 years old. He enlisted in the Army in July 1998 as a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer. After completing his specialty and airborne training, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., with the 307th Forward Support Bn., 82nd Airborne Division Support Command. In June 2002, Montrond was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the 528th Special Operations Support Battalion (A), U.S. Army Special Operations Support Command. Two years later, he was assigned to the Group Support Battalion, 7th SFG (A).

Montrond’s military education included the Primary Leadership Development Course and Basic Airborne Course.

His awards and decorations included Bronze Star with “V” device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Driver and Mechanic Badges.

Montrond is survived by his wife, Christl, and his children, Nazeraeh and Kevyn. His parents, Alberto and Maria Montrond of the Republic of Cape Verde, also survive him.

STAFF SGT. CLINTON T. NEWMAN

Newman, 26, enlisted in the Army in July 1997 after graduating from Pleasanton High School, Pleasanton, Texas. He completed basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., as a Bradley fighting vehicle infantryman. He was then assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, Baumholder, Germany. In 1999, he served with 1st Armor Division in Bad Kruetznach there.


At the completion of his active duty enlistment, Newman continued his service as an Army Reserve Soldier. In 2001, he graduated from the Civil Affairs Course at Fort Bragg, N.C., and was assigned to the 492nd Civil Affairs Bn., Phoenix, Ariz. In May 2005, he was mobilized for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade.

He completed the Basic Airborne Course and later the Primary Leadership Development Course in 2000. He was promoted to staff sergeant in October 2003.


Newton also attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and studied criminal justice there.


His awards and decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Newman is survived by his mother and stepfather, Deborah and Bill Agnew of Pleasanton, Texas, and his father and stepmother, Fred and Deborah Newman of Big Spring, Texas.

http://news.soc.mil/releases/06FEB/060216-01.html

Eagle5US
02-17-2006, 09:23
Rest well men-
Warriors of our great nation...

Eagle

Basenshukai
02-17-2006, 09:24
Gentlemen,

Only Chad was a "QP" among the men there, but, I didn't feel it right to exclude the other men from the list as they died together within the same patrol. They died honorably and performing their duty. Rest in peace.

To our brothers, we'll miss you.

Jack Moroney (RIP)
02-17-2006, 09:36
RIP

Peregrino
02-17-2006, 10:05
Rest in Peace.

Sten
02-17-2006, 10:08
RIP

stone
02-17-2006, 11:08
RIP

vsvo
02-17-2006, 11:21
Rest in Peace.

Roguish Lawyer
02-17-2006, 11:40
RIP

jatx
02-17-2006, 13:30
RIP.

jbour13
02-17-2006, 13:50
RIP

Goggles Pizano
02-17-2006, 13:59
Rest in peace men.

CoLawman
02-17-2006, 13:59
RIP

The Reaper
02-17-2006, 14:11
Gentlemen,

Only Chad was a "QP" among the men there, but, I didn't feel it right to exclude the other men from the list as they died together within the same patrol. They died honorably and performing their duty. Rest in peace.

To our brothers, we'll miss you.

That is the proper thing to do. They fought together, and died together.

RIP, brothers. You will not be forgotten.

"Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees."

Save us a good spot. Your watch is over.

TR

18C4V
02-17-2006, 14:40
RIP brothers.

NousDefionsDoc
02-17-2006, 15:57
En Paz Descansen 'Manos

aricbcool
02-17-2006, 17:08
Gentlemen,

Only Chad was a "QP" among the men there, but, I didn't feel it right to exclude the other men from the list as they died together within the same patrol. They died honorably and performing their duty. Rest in peace.

To our brothers, we'll miss you.

Good form Sir.

Rest in Peace gentlemen, you will not be forgotten.

--Aric

Stiletto11
02-17-2006, 20:32
RIP

Blueboy
02-17-2006, 23:34
RIP

Martin
02-18-2006, 03:53
RIP

Martin

Kingfisher
02-18-2006, 07:14
RIP

Abu Jack
02-18-2006, 09:15
Rest In Peace

mffjm8509
02-18-2006, 10:05
RIP

mp

Ambush Master
02-18-2006, 10:44
Gentlemen,

Only Chad was a "QP" among the men there, but, I didn't feel it right to exclude the other men from the list as they died together within the same patrol. They died honorably and performing their duty. Rest in peace.

To our brothers, we'll miss you.

Sir,
You did RIGHT by posting this in here!! After all, when we reach that ultimate Rally Point, WE'LL ALL BE BROTHERS in ARMS!!!

Thoughts and Prayers out!!

Do take care.
Martin

Warrior-Mentor
02-20-2006, 23:04
RIP.

Prospect
03-05-2006, 07:16
I have the utmost respect for these men. Having been in the same area just a few days before that date, I know what the conditions are like there, and needless to say, these guys performed their duty under adverse conditions every single day. Rest In Peace.

Lothar
03-23-2006, 06:22
RIP Brothers

Newman was a good friend of mine and his loss was a tough one. Such is the profession we have chosen. I miss him already.

Hugh
05-30-2006, 17:16
STAFF SGT. EDWIN H. DAZACHACON

DazaChachon, 38, was a native of Diamondbar, Calif. He joined the Army in November 1997. After a break in service, he reenlisted in the Army in 2005 and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th SFG (A) as a senior cryptologic linguist in April.



FYI -

SSG DazaChacon's name (http://www.nsa.gov/memorial/memor00008.pdf)was one of two added to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Cryptologic Memorial (http://www.nsa.gov/memorial/index.cfm) this Memorial Day.


NSA/CSS Memorial Day Observance Honors Cryptologic Heroes, Past and Present (http://www.nsa.gov/releases/relea00106.cfm)

On 30 May 2006, LTG Keith B. Alexander, USA, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, paid special tribute to SSG Edwin H. DazaChacon, USA, and SGT Amanda N. Pinson, USA, during the Agency's annual Memorial Day Observance. The service was attended by family, friends, and distinguished guests.

SSG DazaChacon was a cryptologic linguist serving in the United States Army in the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. He perished in February 2006 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in central Afghanistan.

SGT Pinson was a cryptologist serving in the United States Army in the 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Band of Brothers. She lost her life in March 2006 when a single mortar round exploded near Division Headquarters north of Baghdad, Iraq.

The ceremony included a traditional wreath laying and the unveiling of the names “SSG Edwin H. DazaChacon” and “SGT Amanda N. Pinson” on the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Memorial Wall. The wall, dedicated in 1996, lists the names of 156 Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and civilian cryptologists who have made the ultimate sacrifice, "serving in silence," in the performance of their duties since World War II.

Jaeger1980
05-30-2006, 18:21
Rest in Peace.

Respectfully
Jäger

deanwells
09-09-2006, 06:36
SFC Chad Gonsalves was a combat diver and good friend. Rest In Peace Brother. Thanks for helping me get through those tough times at Dive School.

Here is a link to info surrounding his passing
http://www.groups.sfahq.com/7th/gonsalves_chad_kia_7th.htm

mugwump
09-09-2006, 08:28
I'm sorry for your loss, Dean. RIP SFC Gonsalves.

Repaired link:

http://www.groups.sfahq.com/7th/gonsalves_chad_kia_7th.htm

Dan
09-09-2006, 08:57
I remember this happening, but have no idea why I didn't post it. RIP

Sgt. 1st Class Chad A. Gonsalves, 31, a Special Forces weapons sergeant assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C., died Feb. 13, 2006, when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated near his Humvee north of Deh Rawod in central Afghanistan.

A native of Turlock, Calif., Gonsalves enlisted in July 1996 as an infantryman.

His first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment at Conn Barracks near Schweinfurt, Germany where he served for four years.

Gonsalves attended the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2000 and was assigned in November 2001 to 3rd Battalion, 7th SFG (A), as a weapons sergeant, where he served until his death.

His military education included the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Ranger Course, the Combat Diver Qualification Course, the Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, the Spanish Basic Military Language Course, the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, Basic Airborne Course, the Jumpmaster Course, Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training for Infantryman, the Primary Leadership Development Course and the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.

His awards and decorations included the Bronze Star with “V” device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman
Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab.

He is survived by his wife, Julie, and three sons, Cody, Blake and Dylan of Spring Lake, N.C. He is also survived by his parents, Larry and Marsha Gonsalves, of Turlock, Calif.

-DE OPPRESSO LIBER

rubberneck
09-09-2006, 09:08
RIP SFC.

Team Sergeant
09-09-2006, 09:22
I remember this happening, but have no idea why I didn't post it. RIP

It's already been posted by one of our AD members.

I merged the threads.

TS

Gypsy
09-09-2006, 09:23
SFC Chad Gonsalves. My condolences on your personal loss deanwells, and to his family...

Texian
09-09-2006, 16:15
RIP, Warriors

x SF med
09-09-2006, 20:14
RIP men, you have done your duty. DOL

AF IDMT
09-11-2006, 03:32
R.I.P. Gentlemen, your sacrifice will not be forgotten and the gifts you protected/provided shall not be squandered.

catd11r
10-04-2006, 23:00
RIP

koz
02-13-2011, 09:05
5 years ago on this date we lost some very good men. Chad you are not forgotten. You were a warrior. Rest in Peace friend.

Jgood
02-13-2011, 09:38
To our Brothers

1stindoor
02-14-2011, 09:29
For Chad and the others that died with him that day in 2006. Still the most horrific thing I've seen.

1stindoor
02-14-2011, 14:54
I just found this. Pisses me off something fierce.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/14/california-mother-outraged-vandals-snatch-flags-sons-war-memorial/#

Basenshukai
02-15-2011, 22:50
For Chad and the others that died with him that day in 2006. Still the most horrific thing I've seen.

Amen, brother. The anniversary of that day never goes unnoticed for me. In fact, not a day goes by that I don't think about that day. Rest in Peace, fellow warriors.

De Oppress Liber!

dennisw
02-16-2011, 08:10
http://www.turlockjournal.com/news/article/8021/

Chad's mother responds to flag thieves:

She erected a new sign reading “Flag thief rot in hell.”

Mom with a fair amount of grit. Good on her.

SOFwarrior02
02-16-2011, 15:45
RIP, SSG dazachacon and to the other men in his patrol.

Raine_n_Roses
02-17-2011, 12:24
RIP Gentlemen. Thank you for your great Service,

MSG Crusty
11-02-2011, 10:35
Hold the ORP until we get there Chad. RIP brother.

Basenshukai
02-13-2015, 00:44
Nine years and three hours ago I was changed forever by the firefight that took the lives of my SOF brothers. Every year, regardless of where I am, 13 February holds a special meaning for me as well a significant number of other SF comrades who were present. May our fallen rest in peace. You are not forgotten. De Oppresso Liber!

SF_BHT
02-13-2015, 05:41
Rest in Peace !!!!

1stindoor
02-13-2017, 13:41
Eleven years ago today. His memory and those that perished with him still remain.