Jonas Benton Kelsall

Jonas Benton Kelsall

Age: 32
Branch: USN
Rank(s): SN, LTJG, LCDR (sel)
Unit(s): ST7, NSWDG
Station: Oceana, VA

Fallen on: 06 August 2011
Location: Afghanistan
Era: Global War on Terror

Medals & Commendations: Legion of Merit; two Bronze Stars with Combat “V” device for valor; Joint Service Commendation Medal with Combat “V” device for valor; three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

Hometown: Shreveport, LA

LCDR Kelsall was killed on August 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan when insurgents shot down a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, callsign Extortion 17. The greatest single-incident loss in Naval Special Warfare history, Extortion 17 is remembered for the 30 American lives lost, including LCDR Kelsall.