Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

Military officials have released the names of seven special forces Marines who were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the waters off Florida during a routine training mission in dense fog.

Those killed were all stationed at from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They were identified Friday as: Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders of Camp Lejeune; Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn of Queens, New York; Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock of Lake Orion, Michigan; Staff Sgt. Kerry Michael Kemp of Port Washington, Wisconsin; Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif of Holland, Michigan; and Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol from Warren, Michigan.

Seif received a Silver Star Medal March 6, four days before he was killed in the crash. He was honored for his actions against Afghanistan,

Staff Sgt. Andrew C. Seif was awarded the Silver Star Medal March 6. Photo credit: Sgt. Lia Gamero

Staff Sgt. Andrew C. Seif was awarded the Silver Star Medal March 6. Photo credit: Sgt. Lia Gamero

where he faced enemy fire to save a mortally wounded friend in July 2012, the Camp Lejeune Globe reported.

All were from the 2nd Special Operations Battalion of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command.

Four Louisiana National Guard soldiers also died in the crash. Their names have not yet been released.

 

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