Helicopter Crash Casualties

The Pentagon has announced the names and home towns of the 16 U.S. troops killed when their MH-47 helicopter crashed during a combat operation in Afghanistan on June 28.

Soldiers killed were:

Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio.

Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minn.

Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Ind.

Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tenn.

Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Conn.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Va.

Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Ponder was assigned to the Army's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), based in Fort Campbell, Ky. The others were assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), based at Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.

Sailors killed were:

Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.

Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore.

Lt. Michael M. McGreevy Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y.

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric S. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va.

Healy, Patton and Suh were assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Fontan, Kristensen, Lucas, McGreevy and Taylor were assigned to SEAL Team 10, based in Virginia Beach.

SOURCE: Defense Department's

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