Warrior Wednesday: Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts


Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts

Aug. 16, 1969 to Mar. 4, 2002

By U.S. Navy photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Navy photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

At 4:27 a.m. local time on March 3, 2002, Neil Roberts became the first SEAL to die in the War on Terror during Operation Anaconda. The mountain peak called Takur Ghar is now remembered by the military community as Roberts Ridge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with a V and a Purple Heart. Neil is now SpecOps folklore and a legend in the Teams for the rest of eternity.

Roberts was killed after U.S. helicopters were hit by enemy fire during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. He fell approximately 10 feet to the ground as his stricken chopper veered up and away towards safer ground. Roberts survived and put up a valiant fight for over 30 minutes against the enemy until all his ammo was gone. Roberts was seen being dragged off by three suspected members of al-Qaeda. When he was recovered several hours later, it was discovered he had been shot.

For more information on the operation vist Military.com.

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The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.