Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Corey J. Goodnature

Remember Our Heroes

Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minnesota.

CW3 Goodnature died while conducting combat operations when the MH-47 helicopter that he was aboard crashed in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan in Kumar Province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Air Field, Georgia.

He was born Feb. 13, 1970 in Minnesota. Chief Warrant Officer Three Goodnature graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Associate's Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1991, and joined the Army in October of 1991. He served as a parachute rigger at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He attended the Warrant Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon graduation from Flight School in 1995, Chief Warrant Officer Three Goodnature’s first assignment was flying UH-1s in Korea. In 1996 he was assigned to Camp Wheeler, Hawaii. He assessed for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in 1998 and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Hunter Army Air Field, Georgia as an MH-47D Chinook pilot.

Chief Warrant Officer Three Goodnature's military schools include: the U.S. Army Rigger’s Course, Warrant Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Instrument Examiners Course, the Electronic Warfare Officers Course, the CH-47D Aircraft Qualification Course, the Special Operations Training Course, Airborne School, the Air Assault Course, and Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Course and the CH-47D Instructor Pilot Course.

His awards and decorations include: the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Senior Army Aviator Badge, the Airborne Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Rigger Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal with “V” device, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

He is survived by his wife Lori of Savannah, Georgia; and two sons, Shea and Brennan, of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Corey J. Goodnature was killed in action on 06/28/05.


gh said...

Words can not say enough. You and your families give up everything. We take for granted how much you give up. The things we do every day that mean so much. Like kissing your wife , kids, loved ones goodnight. Having dinner with them. Thanks is not enough but it will have to do because I have nothing else to offer. You have my support and my prayers and my Thanks. You make me proud to say I am an American.

don peay said...


your act of bravery inspires me daily. We meet your son at an event honoring veterans, and when asked his connection to Redwing, he mentioned to me and my wife his dad, you, was the pilot of the downed plane. It broke our hearts that night, some 6 years ago, but we vowed to do something for your sons, something i wish someone would do for my sons, if i were to go to soon.

We have now found your father, through Colonel Spanky Peterson, a Utah native, who was the rescue Pilot on the sucessfulll mission for Marcus.

Your father will be speaking to us at our Second Warrior Weekend, and we will be providing your dad and your son a dream trophy mountain Caribou hunt in Canada. your sons have followed your footsteps, what an amazing American hero.

Don Peay
Founder, Sportsmen for Warriors.