SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps launched the names Friday of the 5 Marines killed when their CH-53E Tremendous Stallion helicopter went down within the mountains exterior San Diego throughout a historic storm. All of them have been of their 20s.
The embellished Marines have been assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Plane Group 16, third Marine Plane Wing and have been based mostly at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
“We have now been confronted with a tragedy that’s each service household’s worst worry,” stated Lt. Col. Nicholas J. Harvey, commanding officer of the squadron. “The Flying Tigers household stands sturdy and contains the chums and group who’ve supported our squadron throughout this difficult time. We’ll get by means of this collectively.”
The youngest was Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, 21, of Olathe, Kansas, who was simply promoted to the rank of lance corporal on New 12 months’s Day. The oldest was Capt. Miguel Nava, 28, of Traverse Metropolis, Michigan.
Davis and Sgt. Alec Langen, 23, of Chandler, Arizona, have been each crew chiefs. The remaining have been CH-53E pilots.
“We’ll miss him dearly,” his mom Caryn Langen instructed KNSD-TV of San Diego.
The opposite pilots on board have been Capt. Jack Casey, 26, of Dover, New Hampshire, and Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27, of Emmett, Idaho.
The Tremendous Stallion vanished late Tuesday night time on its means again to Miramar from Creech Air Drive Base. The craft was found Wednesday morning close to the mountain group of Pine Valley.
The navy confirmed Thursday that every one 5 Marines have been killed when their helicopter went down throughout stormy climate, and efforts have been underway to recuperate their stays, which is able to take weeks due to the tough terrain and climate, stated Col. James C. Ford, operations officer with third Marine Plane Wing. Within the meantime, Marines are staying with the stays round the clock to stick to their ethos of by no means leaving any Marine behind.
The navy is investigating the crash.