The Cause

Legacy Expeditions values those who serve and protect our great nation. To honor their sacrifices, we dedicate each expedition to the fallen Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen who gave their lives during the Global War on Terror.

These exceptional Americans have demonstrated selfless acts of courage, bravery, and valor in defense of our liberties and freedoms.

While we could never repay this debt, Legacy Expeditions partners with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit that provides financial support to help the children of fallen Special Operations soldiers get an education. That’s only part of what this incredible organization does to thank our nation’s heroes – a mission we’re honored to support.

Sean Flynn (SOC SEAL)

(1970-2009)
(1970-2009):
On February 1, 2009, SOC (SEAL) Sean Flynn peacefully passed away from cancer. He was a highly decorated Special Operations Chief who earned three Bronze Stars with Valor and numerous other awards. Chief Flynn loved skydiving and was a certified advanced free fall instructor, tandem master, and an avid free flyer. He was attached to an East Coast-based SEAL team.

David Hall (Navy SEAL)

(1972-2020)

(1972-2020):
David “Dave” Lee Hall, was one of the youngest men to become a Navy SEAL. Dave graduated from BUD/S Training Class 189. He completed four platoons at SEAL Team FIVE and was known for his wit, performance, high standards, and love for protecting his country. Dave spent five years at a Special Mission Unit and deployed multiple times to Middle East combat zones. Dave continued to work in the Defense Industry where he was able to use his unique skills, consulting for counter-insurgency operations. Dave passed away on October 12, 2020.

Tech. Sgt. Sean Harvell (Air Force CCT)

(1983-2016)
(1983-2016):
Combat controller, Tech Sgt. Sean Harvell was one of the legends of the Air Force special operations community, who received two Silver Stars for actions in Afghanistan, on the second person—and the first Airman, to receive two such awards during the Global War on Terror. Sean passed away on April 26, 2016, when he drowned near his home in Long Beach, CA. He was preceded in death by his brother, Andy Harvell, also a combat controller, who was killed on Extortion 17.

Charles Keating IV (Navy SEAL)

(1985-2016)
(1985-2016):
Charles Humphrey Keating IV was a United States Navy sailor and Navy SEAL operator. Charlie received the Navy Cross for his actions in battle on March 4, 2016, in Iraq. The Navy Cross is the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps’ second-highest military decoration awarded for members of the Navy who distinguish themselves for extraordinary heroism in combat with an armed enemy force. He was the third American service member to be killed while fighting ISIL in Iraq, in 2016.

Jonas Kelsall (Navy SEAL)

(1979-2011)
(1979-2011):
In August 2011, Lieutenant Commander (SEAL) Jonas Kelsall was one of 30 American service members who were killed in action during a mission in the Wardak Province of Afghanistan. A team of U.S. Army and Afghanistan military members, along with 22 members of the Naval Special Warfare community, quickly responded to help suppress the opposition forces and assist with the evacuation of the high-value target. While returning to base, the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter carrying the team, known as Extortion 17, was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing all members onboard. He was assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team and was the recipient of two Bronze Stars with Combat “V” device for Valor, among other citations and recognitions.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent (USN)

(1983-2019)
(1983-2019):
Shannon Mary Kent was a United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer and Cryptologic Technician, who played a pivotal role in increasing the effectiveness and performance of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) task force leading to initiatives for broader implementation of females in Special Operations Forces (SOF). Shannon was killed on January 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, by a suicide attack. Shannon was a decorated servicewoman and received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and a Combat Action Ribbon posthumously.

Jason Lewis (Navy SEAL)

(1977-2007)
(1977-2007):
Jason Lewis enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 29, 1996, and went on active duty to begin basic training on July 22, 1996. His first assignment was with SEAL Team Five in Coronado, CA. As an Assault Team Leader for a highly sensitive Joint Task Force Operation in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he was mortally wounded in a heroic attempt to provide additional security for his team on July 6, 2007. For this action, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor.

Brendan Looney (Navy SEAL)

(1981-2010)
(1981-2010):
Navy Lt. (SEAL) Brendan J. Looney was a Naval Academy lacrosse player and commissioned as an intelligence officer. Two years after receiving his commission as an intelligence officer, he graduated from BUD/S training Class 265 and was selected as ‘Honorman’, where his name is engraved in Naval Special Warfare history as the best that Class 265 had to offer. He was a member of SEAL Team Three and deployed as the Alpha Platoon Assistant Officer in Charge to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was killed on his 59th mission while conducting combat operations in the Zabul province of Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010.

Captain Matthew Manoukian (MARSOC)

(1983-2012)
(1983-2012):
Captain Matthew Manoukian joined the Marine Corps in January 2006 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. He deployed in support of both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In the early morning hours of Aug. 10, 2012, at the Village Stability Platform in Puzeh, following a meeting with local Afghan officials, a rogue local Afghan dressed in a police uniform opened fire on the team’s leadership killing Capt. Manoukian.

Sergeant First Class Dae Han Park (Army Special Forces)

(1975-2011)
(1975-2011):
Sgt. 1st Class Dae Han Park, was assigned to Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. Park was killed after his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device on March 12, 2011, in the vicinity of Kajran, Daykundi, Afghanistan. Park’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, among others, as well as posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

Remington Peters (Navy SEAL)

(1975-2018)
(1975-2018):
Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Petty Officer 1st Class Remington Peters died on May 28th in a parachute demonstration accident at Liberty State Park in New Jersey in support of Fleet Week New York 2017. Peters enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2008 and graduated from BUD/S with Class 276 in April 2010. He was known as a fierce warrior and guardian with a larger-than-life personality that included loyalty to family and friends, his faith, and intense pride for America. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon, among many others.

Gunnery Sergeant Diego Pongo (MARSOC)

Gunnery Sergeant Pongo was assigned to the Marine Raider Regiment in January of 2017, where he performed duties as the Regional Operations Chief. GySgt. Pongo was killed in action on March 8, 2020, while accompanying Iraqi Security Forces in North Central Iraq. Gunnery Sergeant Pongo’s personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with combat “V”, Purple Heart, and Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of 2nd award, among other awards.

Captain Kate Hendricks Thomas (USMC)

(1980-2022)
(1980-2022):
A former Marine Corps officer, died on April 5, 2022, at the age of 42. In 2018, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer believed to be connected to burn pit exposure in Iraq. In the years since Thomas tirelessly advocated for herself and other veterans trying to obtain health care and benefits for exposure-related illnesses.

Sergeant First Class Christopher Shaw (Army Special Forces)

(1972-2009)
(1972-2009):
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. Shaw died after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device on Sept. 29, 2009, on Jolo Island, Philippines. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III.

First Lieutenant Ashley White (USA)

ST. Lt. Ashley White was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in 2011, when the assault force she was supporting triggered an improvised explosive device. Ashley was assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, Goldsboro, NC and served as a member of a Cultural Support Team attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan.

Chad Wilkinson (Navy Seal)

Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle who were Navy SEALs, Chad graduated from BUD/s Class 204 in 1996 and went to SEAL Team 8 after completing his medic training at Fort Bragg. After three short years of retirement, Chad was back in uniform and fast-tracked to SEAL Team 6. After giving over 21 years of his life to this nation, Navy SEAL Senior Chief Chad Wilkinson, a decorated Tier One operator, passed away on October 29, 2018. His wife Sara and GORUCK are on a mission to stop veteran suicide and take a deeper look at Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Sean Flynn (SOC SEAL)

(1970-2009)
(1970-2009):
On February 1, 2009, SOC (SEAL) Sean Flynn peacefully passed away from cancer. He was a highly decorated Special Operations Chief who earned three Bronze Stars with Valor and numerous other awards. Chief Flynn loved skydiving and was a certified advanced free fall instructor, tandem master, and an avid free flyer. He was attached to an East Coast-based SEAL team.

David Hall (Navy SEAL)

(1972-2020)

(1972-2020):
David “Dave” Lee Hall, was one of the youngest men to become a Navy SEAL. Dave graduated from BUD/S Training Class 189. He completed four platoons at SEAL Team FIVE and was known for his wit, performance, high standards, and love for protecting his country. Dave spent five years at a Special Mission Unit and deployed multiple times to Middle East combat zones. Dave continued to work in the Defense Industry where he was able to use his unique skills, consulting for counter-insurgency operations. Dave passed away on October 12, 2020.

Tech. Sgt. Sean Harvell (Air Force CCT)

(1983-2016)
(1983-2016):
Combat controller, Tech Sgt. Sean Harvell was one of the legends of the Air Force special operations community, who received two Silver Stars for actions in Afghanistan, on the second person—and the first Airman, to receive two such awards during the Global War on Terror. Sean passed away on April 26, 2016, when he drowned near his home in Long Beach, CA. He was preceded in death by his brother, Andy Harvell, also a combat controller, who was killed on Extortion 17.

Charles Keating IV (Navy SEAL)

(1985-2016)
(1985-2016):
Charles Humphrey Keating IV was a United States Navy sailor and Navy SEAL operator. Charlie received the Navy Cross for his actions in battle on March 4, 2016, in Iraq. The Navy Cross is the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps’ second-highest military decoration awarded for members of the Navy who distinguish themselves for extraordinary heroism in combat with an armed enemy force. He was the third American service member to be killed while fighting ISIL in Iraq, in 2016.

Jonas Kelsall (Navy SEAL)

(1979-2011)

In August 2011, Lieutenant Commander (SEAL) Jonas Kelsall was killed in action during a mission in the Wardak Province of Afghanistan. A team of U.S. Army and Afghanistan military members, along with 22 members of the Naval Special Warfare community, quickly responded to help suppress the opposition forces and assist with the evacuation of the high-value target. While returning to base, the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter carrying the team, known as Extortion 17, was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing all members onboard. He was assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team and was the recipient of two Bronze Stars with Combat “V” device for Valor, among other citations and recognitions.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent (USN)

(1983-2019)
(1983-2019):
Shannon Mary Kent was a United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer and Cryptologic Technician, who played a pivotal role in increasing the effectiveness and performance of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) task force leading to initiatives for broader implementation of females in Special Operations Forces (SOF). Shannon was killed on January 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, by a suicide attack. Shannon was a decorated servicewoman and received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and a Combat Action Ribbon posthumously.

Jason Lewis (Navy SEAL)

(1977-2007)
(1977-2007):
Jason Lewis enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 29, 1996, and went on active duty to begin basic training on July 22, 1996. His first assignment was with SEAL Team Five in Coronado, CA. As an Assault Team Leader for a highly sensitive Joint Task Force Operation in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he was mortally wounded in a heroic attempt to provide additional security for his team on July 6, 2007. For this action, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor.

Brendan Looney (Navy SEAL)

(1981-2010)
(1981-2010):
Navy Lt. (SEAL) Brendan J. Looney was a Naval Academy lacrosse player and commissioned as an intelligence officer. Two years after receiving his commission as an intelligence officer, he graduated from BUD/S training Class 265 and was selected as ‘Honorman’, where his name is engraved in Naval Special Warfare history as the best that Class 265 had to offer. He was a member of SEAL Team Three and deployed as the Alpha Platoon Assistant Officer in Charge to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was killed on his 59th mission while conducting combat operations in the Zabul province of Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010.

Captain Matthew Manoukian (MARSOC)

(1983-2012)
(1983-2012):
Captain Matthew Manoukian joined the Marine Corps in January 2006 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. He deployed in support of both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In the early morning hours of Aug. 10, 2012, at the Village Stability Platform in Puzeh, following a meeting with local Afghan officials, a rogue local Afghan dressed in a police uniform opened fire on the team’s leadership killing Capt. Manoukian.

Sergeant First Class Dae Han Park (Army Special Forces)

(1975-2011)
(1975-2011):
Sgt. 1st Class Dae Han Park, was assigned to Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. Park was killed after his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device on March 12, 2011, in the vicinity of Kajran, Daykundi, Afghanistan. Park’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, among others, as well as posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

Remington Peters (Navy SEAL)

(1975-2018)
(1975-2018):
Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Petty Officer 1st Class Remington Peters died on May 28th in a parachute demonstration accident at Liberty State Park in New Jersey in support of Fleet Week New York 2017. Peters enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2008 and graduated from BUD/S with Class 276 in April 2010. He was known as a fierce warrior and guardian with a larger-than-life personality that included loyalty to family and friends, his faith, and intense pride for America. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon, among many others.

Gunnery Sergeant Diego Pongo (MARSOC)

(1985-2020)
Gunnery Sergeant Pongo was assigned to the Marine Raider Regiment in January of 2017, where he performed duties as the Regional Operations Chief. GySgt. Pongo was killed in action on March 8, 2020, while accompanying Iraqi Security Forces in North Central Iraq. Gunnery Sergeant Pongo’s personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with combat “V”, Purple Heart, and Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of 2nd award, among other awards.

Captain Kate Hendricks Thomas (USMC)

(1980-2022)
(1980-2022):
A former Marine Corps officer, died on April 5, 2022, at the age of 42. In 2018, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer believed to be connected to burn pit exposure in Iraq. In the years since Thomas tirelessly advocated for herself and other veterans trying to obtain health care and benefits for exposure-related illnesses.

Sergeant First Class Christopher Shaw (Army Special Forces)

(1972-2009)
(1972-2009):
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. Shaw died after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device on Sept. 29, 2009, on Jolo Island, Philippines. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III.

First Lieutenant Ashley White (USA)

(1987-2011)

1st Lt. Ashley White was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in 2011, when the assault force she was supporting triggered an improvised explosive device. Ashley was assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, Goldsboro, NC and served as a member of a Cultural Support Team attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan.

Chad Wilkinson (Navy Seal)

(1975-2018)
Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle who were Navy SEALs, Chad graduated from BUD/s Class 204 in 1996 and went to SEAL Team 8 after completing his medic training at Fort Bragg. After three short years of retirement, Chad was back in uniform and fast-tracked to SEAL Team 6. After giving over 21 years of his life to this nation, Navy SEAL Senior Chief Chad Wilkinson, a decorated Tier One operator, passed away on October 29, 2018. His wife Sara and GORUCK are on a mission to stop veteran suicide and take a deeper look at Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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Sean Flynn :

 (SOC SEAL) (1970-2009):

On February 1, 2009, SOC (SEAL) Sean Flynn peacefully passed away from cancer. He was a highly decorated Special Operations Chief who earned three Bronze Stars with Valor and numerous other awards. Chief Flynn loved skydiving and was a certified advanced free fall instructor, tandem master, and an avid free flyer. He was attached to an East Coast-based SEAL team.

David Hall :

 (Navy SEAL) (1972-2020)

On February 1, 2009, SOC (SEAL) Sean Flynn peacefully passed away from cancer. He was a highly decorated Special Operations Chief who earned three Bronze Stars with Valor and numerous other awards. Chief Flynn loved skydiving and was a certified advanced free fall instructor, tandem master, and an avid free flyer. He was attached to an East Coast-based SEAL team.

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