The crew on Nov. 12, 2004
A gunner in the sister Black Hawk flying with Duckworth's. Helped carry Duckworth to safety in the minutes after they landed. Now a top aviation maintenance supervisor at Priester Aviation, based at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.
Door gunner who sat behind Milberg. Stood ready to confront insurgents while Milberg and others helped Duckworth out of the helicopter, even though he had been shot in the back. Was deployed with his father, who is also a Black Hawk pilot. Now a test pilot for the Illinois National Guard based at Midway Airport in Chicago.
Manned the other gun, behind Duckworth's seat. His right leg was seriously injured in the attack.
The pilot of the second helicopter. Meunks landed his Black Hawk near Duckworth's to evacuate its crew. His quick work is also credited in their survival.
Pilot in command of Duckworth's Black Hawk. A veteran of Desert Storm and police officer in suburban St. Louis. Credited with saving the lives of the crew members by landing the helicopter in the chaotic minute after it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Now chief warrant officer 5 in the Missouri National Guard.
A colonel with the Illinois National Guard and Duckworth's boss in Iraq. He was back at their base, Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Balad, when radio calls about the attack came in.