MARSOC remembers it’s fallen Operators one year after their passing.

On July 31, 2011 MARSOC and the SOF community was dealt a terrible blow with the loss of three seasoned Operators in a tragic accident. Their MSOT (Marine Special Operations Team) had just returned from a two-day long HELO operation with their Afghan Commando counterparts when an electrical fire broke out in the team house while they were sleeping. The Marines were in a deep sleep when the smoke overcame them; they never woke up. I was devastated when I received the word from one of my former team members. It was very hard to come to terms with and I still struggle with it. This is no way for any Warrior to die.

Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle, 29

Staff Sgt. Patrick R. Dolphin, 29

Sgt. Dennis E. Kancler, 26

Patrick Dolphin and I served on the same MSOT in 2009-2010, so I want to take the time and talk directly about Pat’s influence on me. Pat was a leader, a Patriot and most importantly, a friend.

Pat was the type of guy that other men looked up to. Cool and calm in every situation, even as rounds and RPGs were streaking overhead. No matter how shitty of a situation the team found themselves in, Pat always made the best of it. There was nothing he enjoyed more than being out numbered, out gunned and on the ropes. He thrived in this environment and always came out on top with a drop-pouch full of empty magazines and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.