The Associated Press reports that military officials have released the names of six Marines killed when their helicopter crashed Thursday in Afghanistan.
The crash in the southern province of Helmand was the deadliest in Afghanistan since August, when 30 American troops died after a Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in Wardak province in the center of the country.
All six were based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, said base spokeswoman 1st Lt. Diann Olson.
The dead were:
- Capt. Daniel Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, Wash.
- Capt. Nathan McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill.
- Master Sgt. Travis Riddick, 40, of Centerville, Iowa
- Cpl. Jesse Stites, 23, of North Beach, Md.
- Cpl. Kevin Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, N.J.
- Cpl. Joseph Logan, 22, of Willis, Texas
Bartle and McHone were the pilots of the aircraft, while Riddick was the helicopter’s crew chief. Their squadron had been sent in August to Afghanistan as part of a seven-month deployment, Olson said.
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