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11 killed when Black Hawk helicopter crashes in heavy fog off the coast of Pensacola, Florida
Modified Date:Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:55am
Accident Date:Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion received the Founders and Patriots of America's 2012 Outstanding National Guard Unit Award. It is a very active battalion and is known for its rooftop rescues in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Military police keep a close watch on the area and have been known to run off private vendors who rent jet skis or paddle boards without permission.
"It sounded like something metal either being hit or falling over, that's what it sounded like. And there were two booms afterward, similar to what you hear with ordnance booms, but more muffled," Urr said.
Searchers struggled Wednesday to find the seven Marines and four soldiers killed when a helicopter crashed, hampered by the same fog that plagued a nighttime training mission.
He was part of a U.S. Marines special operations regiment from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina who had completed two tours in Afghanistan. He was engaged to be married in October.
Seif was awarded Marine of the Year in 2013, for helping out a fellow service member in harm's way in Afghanistan. He was also awarded the Silver Star earlier this month for his actions there.
A Macomb County marine was among the military servicemen presumed killed in a helicopter crash during a Florida training mission Tuesday, according to family members and Warren's mayor.
Lora Waraska told WISN 12 News that the military informed family members that Kerry Kemp, a Port Washington native, was on board a helicopter that crashed off of Florida Tuesday night.
The identities are not being released to the public at this time, however family members of the victims have been notified and have begun speaking to the media.
The same fog and crashing Gulf waves surrounded a pier where a large gathering held vigil Wednesday night, creating a somber backdrop to the songs, tears and prayers of people with strong ties to the military and the sprawling Eglin Air Force Base.
Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders of Williamsburg, Virginia was identified Friday as one of the seven men stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC from the 2nd Special Operations Battalion of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command.
Staff Sergeant Andrew SEif, of Holland; Staff Sergeant Trevor Blaylock, of Lake Orion; and Staff Sergeant Marcus Bawol, of Warren; were all killed when their Blackhawk helicopter went down during a training mission in dense fog off the Florida coast.
Just four days before he was killed in a helicopter crash, Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif was awarded one of the military's highest honors for heroism, a commendation he earned for his efforts to save a mortally wounded friend in heavy gunfire in Afghanistan.
That operation came as a military leader at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, disclosed that those aboard the downed aircraft had tried to abort their mission when they decided it was too risky.
The 11 service members who died in an Army Black Hawk helicopter crash Tuesday off the Florida Panhandle weren't only a loss to their country. They leave behind wives, fiancees, parents, children and friends. They will be missed. And remembered.
Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III,31, of Basking Ridge, was a special operations Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
"They literally had done it hours before in daylight as part of the rehearsal for being able to do the nighttime operations, which inherently are more difficult," Osterman said at a news conference at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The vigils will take place in Alexandria, Metairie and Hammond, which was a home base for four Louisiana National Guard soldiers among the victims of Tuesday's crash.
Organizers with the Military Advocacy Project of Louisiana will begin the vigil at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial across from Lakeside Mall in Metairie.
The body of Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr. will return to Louisiana on Saturday to the National Guard facility in Hammond. Anyone wishing to pay their respects when the flight lands at 12:30 p.m. is asked to arrive at least an hour before as CW4 Griffin will be taken to the Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home in Hammond with Military Funeral Honors.
A special memorial service to remember 11 service members killed in a Black Hawk crash will be held Friday evening in Florida near the crash site.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr., 37, will arrive Saturday afternoon to the Louisiana National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Hammond.
As friends and family of fallen U.S. Marine Trevor Blaylock prepare for his funeral, more information has come out about the Lake Orion native from family members who say he was a “devoted father” who “had a way with his words.”
Soldiers from La. National Guard base are missing and presumed dead, after Army helicopter crash. The helicopter was taking part in routine training exercises when it crashed on a beach between Pensacola and Destin, FL. Seven Marines and four soldiers are missing early Wednesday after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicoptercrashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base. The soldiers are from a Louisiana National Guard base in Hammond, while the Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based special operations group. Some human remains have washed up on shore. The 11 service members are presumed deceased. The beach is owned by the military and is used for test missions. The base reported two helicopters assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond were participating in a training exercise, when one of them was involved in an accident. The area where the crash happened Tuesday night was under a fog advisory.
Liam A. Flynn
County:Escambia County, FL
Area:Mobile, AL-Pensacola, FL