Story of 'Lone Survivor' has Minnesota Connection

Updated: 01/20/2014 7:10 AM By: Leslie Dyste

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Corey Goodnature
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Corey Goodnature

The movie "Lone Survivor" is a hit at the box office, and while most of the attention is on the Navy SEALs taking part in that deadly mission, there is a Minnesota connection.

The movie focuses on the story of four Navy SEALs on a mission in the mountains of Afghanistan in June of 2005. Their cover was blown by goat herders, which leads to a battle in which the SEALs were outnumbered.

They called for help and a rescue mission began. One of the two pilots of the Chinook helicopter sent to rescue the SEALs was Chief Warrant Officer 3 Corey Goodnature of Clarks Grove, which is located near Albert Lea.

As the helicopter approached, it was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, and it crashed. Corey Goodnature, along with seven of his colleagues, and eight Navy SEALs were killed in the crash.

KSTP's Bill Lunn spoke with Corey Goodnature's father, Don Goodnature, about the movie and his son's legacy.

"Neither my wife or I want to see it. Just too difficult... too close to home. We know how it ends," said Don Goodnature.

The 'lone survivor' from the Navy SEALs group on the ground was Marcus Luttrell. He wrote the book that became the movie.

Don Goodnature says he knows the "Lone Survivor" story gets a lot of attention, but he feels the story of the 16 men who died trying to rescue Luttrell deserves more.

"It's just a little disappointing that he didn't give them a little more credit. You know, they risked their lives to come out and rescue those guys; they gave their lives to come out and rescue those guys."

Despite that, the movie does pay tribute to those heroes, including Corey Goodnature, by showing their photos at the end of the film.

Corey Goodnature left behind two sons. It appears one of them is following in his father's footsteps. His son is now in the Army and is a member of the 101st Airborne Division.

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