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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - The Defense Department says the
weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan claimed the lives of five
Fort Campbell soldiers.
They were among eight killed when the helicopter went down
Sunday. Fourteen people on board survived the crash.
The crash remained under investigation, though military
officials have said the twin-rotor helicopter was not shot down. It
was the deadliest incident in Afghanistan this year.
The father of the chopper's pilot says a memorial service is
scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) at Fort Campbell.
The pilot was 36-year-old Chief Warrant Officer John Quinlan,
whose wife and three daughters live in Clarksville, Tennessee.
The other four from Fort Campbell were identified as 33-year-old
Chief Warrant Officer Hershel McCants Junior of Arizona,
23-year-old Sergeant Adam Wilkinson of Fort Carson, Colorado,
26-year-old Specialist Travis Vaughn of Reinbeck, Iowa, and
21-year-old Specialist Brandon Gordon of Naples, Florida. They were
assigned to the Second Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation
Regiment (Airborne) at the post.
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