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.
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