Two Delta operatives, Sergeant First Class Gary Gordon and Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart volunteered to be inserted by helicopter to "secure the crash site." Plainly, their chances of survival while wildly outnumbered were exceedingly small. Several times their request was denied, Finally.... Both were killed defending the downed helicopter and crew, but CWO Durant was taken prisoner and survived. Gordon and Shughart were awarded the Medal of Honor.
The politics really don't matter at this moment. What matters is remembering Gordon, Shughart, Woods and Doherty as heroes. In the highest traditions of the American armed forces, going above and beyond the call of duty, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty took on an impossible task, in complete disregard of their own safety.
These are Americans whose names should be household words.
*Major Dick Winters, US Army (ret.) recalling a newsletter written by Sgt, Mike Ranney, US Army (ret.), Band of Brothers, 2001
^In the Company of Heroes, Durant, Michael J., Signet Publishing, 2006