Images fromThe Chosen Few
The Waigal River Valley
All of the photographs from the book have been graciously supplied
by the paratroopers and families of the Chosen Few.
The steep terrain that challenged the Chosen Few
Sergeant Ryan Pitts (l) and Sergeant Israel Garcia
Staff Sergeant Conrad Begaye’s squad on the front steps of the “Ponderosa-like” Ranch House.
Backrow, from left: Sergeant Jose Canales Jr., Specialist Samuel Huxford, Sergeant Kyle Dirkintis (medic), Sergeant Mike Johnson. Front row, from left: Private First Class Adam Spotanksi, Private First Class Gregg Rauwolf, Begaye, Private First Class Kyle White and Private First Class Sean Langevin
Sergeant Mike Santiago behind a 50-caliber machine gun at OP1 above Bella
Six combat crosses at a memorial for those killed at the November 9 ambush
Looking southwest over Wanat. Note the agricultural terraces to the west, the flat area
within the village where Combat Outpost Kahler would be built and the road running
south toward battalion and company headquarters at Blessing.