Congresswoman Wants Ganjgal Ambush Investigated

September 20, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 8:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Ed Reilly

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September 20, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 8:23 AM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y.) Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee asking for a hearing into the deaths of five soldiers killed in 2009.

The four marines and one soldier died after being caught in an ambush in the Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Williamsville native Aaron Kenefick was killed during the attack.

His family says that calls for air strikes were denied and that someone even tried to joke around on the radio with their son.

"I was appalled and to think that this was going on without further investigation - I thought was unacceptable," says Congresswoman Hochul.

Scott Price, uncle to Marine Gunnery Sgt. Kenefick, tells Eyewitness News that he would like to see other members of Congress also support the investigation.

"We want justice and we want the truth," adds Price.

Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the battle.

Dismayed over the lack of response to the trapped soldiers pleas, Meyer and two others raced into the Gunjgal Village to help rescue trapped coalition forces.

After making repeated trips and facing enemy fire, Sgt. Meyer found the bodies of Aaron Kenefick and three other marines.

A fifth man, Army Sgt. Kenneth Westbrook, later died from his injuries sustained during the ambush.