Louis James Langlais

Louis James Langlais

Age: 44
Branch: USN
Rank(s): BM3, BMC, SOCS, SOCM
Unit(s): ST3, NSWDG
Station: Oceana, VA

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

Medals & Commendations: four Bronze Stars with Combat “V” device for valor; two Joint Service Commendation Medals, one with Combat “V” device for valor; three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals; three Combat Action Ribbons; Presidential Unit Citation; seven Good Conduct Medals; National Defense Service Medal; two Southwest Asia Service Medals; three Afghanistan Campaign Medals; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; seven Sea Service Deployment Ribbons; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

SOCM Langlais 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 SOCM Langlais.