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mugwump 09-09-2006 07:28

I'm sorry for your loss, Dean. RIP SFC Gonsalves.

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Dan 09-09-2006 07:57

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I remember this happening, but have no idea why I didn't post it. RIP


Sgt. 1st Class Chad A. Gonsalves, 31, a Special Forces weapons sergeant assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C., died Feb. 13, 2006, when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated near his Humvee north of Deh Rawod in central Afghanistan.

A native of Turlock, Calif., Gonsalves enlisted in July 1996 as an infantryman.

His first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment at Conn Barracks near Schweinfurt, Germany where he served for four years.

Gonsalves attended the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2000 and was assigned in November 2001 to 3rd Battalion, 7th SFG (A), as a weapons sergeant, where he served until his death.

His military education included the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Ranger Course, the Combat Diver Qualification Course, the Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, the Spanish Basic Military Language Course, the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, Basic Airborne Course, the Jumpmaster Course, Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training for Infantryman, the Primary Leadership Development Course and the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.

His awards and decorations included the Bronze Star with “V” device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman
Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab.

He is survived by his wife, Julie, and three sons, Cody, Blake and Dylan of Spring Lake, N.C. He is also survived by his parents, Larry and Marsha Gonsalves, of Turlock, Calif.


rubberneck 09-09-2006 08:08


Team Sergeant 09-09-2006 08:22


Originally Posted by Dan
I remember this happening, but have no idea why I didn't post it. RIP

It's already been posted by one of our AD members.

I merged the threads.


Gypsy 09-09-2006 08:23

SFC Chad Gonsalves. My condolences on your personal loss deanwells, and to his family...

Texian 09-09-2006 15:15

RIP, Warriors

x SF med 09-09-2006 19:14

RIP men, you have done your duty. DOL

AF IDMT 09-11-2006 02:32

R.I.P. Gentlemen, your sacrifice will not be forgotten and the gifts you protected/provided shall not be squandered.

catd11r 10-04-2006 22:00


koz 02-13-2011 09:05

5 years ago on this date we lost some very good men. Chad you are not forgotten. You were a warrior. Rest in Peace friend.

Jgood 02-13-2011 09:38

To our Brothers

1stindoor 02-14-2011 09:29

For Chad and the others that died with him that day in 2006. Still the most horrific thing I've seen.

1stindoor 02-14-2011 14:54

I just found this. Pisses me off something fierce.

Basenshukai 02-15-2011 22:50


Originally Posted by 1stindoor (Post 376249)
For Chad and the others that died with him that day in 2006. Still the most horrific thing I've seen.

Amen, brother. The anniversary of that day never goes unnoticed for me. In fact, not a day goes by that I don't think about that day. Rest in Peace, fellow warriors.

De Oppress Liber!

dennisw 02-16-2011 08:10

Chad's mother responds to flag thieves:

She erected a new sign reading “Flag thief rot in hell.”

Mom with a fair amount of grit. Good on her.

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