Erik Samsel Kristensen

Erik Samsel Kristensen

Age: 33
Branch: USN
Rank(s): LT, LCDR
Unit: ST10
Station: Little Creek, VA

Fallen on: 28 Jun 2005
Location: Asadabad, Afghanistan
Era: Global War on Terror
Campaign: Operation RED WINGS

Medals & Commendations: Bronze Star Medal with ā€˜Vā€™ device for valor, Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/2 gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/gold star, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Battle ā€˜Eā€™ Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal w/bronze star; Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/bronze star, NATO ISAF Afghanistan Medal, Expert Rifle Medal, Expert Pistol Medal.

Hometown: Washington, DC

LCDR Kristensen was one of 16 U.S. troops aboard a MH-47 Chinook helicopter who were killed Tuesday as they flew into a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan to aid a band of U.S. troops fighting militants. 8 SEALs perished in the crash including LCDR Kristensen.