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WJLA, August 08, 2011

Photos of the Fallen: Americans shot down in Afghanistan

Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

Army Specialist Spencer Duncan was the door gunner on the Army Chinook Helicopter. The 21-year-old is a graduate of Olathe South High School in Olathe, Kansas. He joined the Army in 2008, and had been deployed since May. Friends consoled each other in front of Duncan’s high school Sunday. His family released a statement saying they are proud of their son’s service. "We just can't even grip that this is real but we just know he died doing what he wanted to do," friend Mikayla Dreyer told ABC Affiliate, KMBC-TV in Kansas City.