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Six U.S. Marines Killed in Helicopter Crash Over Nepal Identified

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NBC News - The six U.S. Marines who died in a helicopter crash while supporting earthquake relief effort in Nepal were identified Sunday morning.

Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz of Nebraska; Capt. Christopher L. Norgren of Kansas; Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV of Florida; Sgt. Eric M. Seaman of California; Cpl. Sara A. Medina of Illinois and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug of Arizona were all killed when their UH-1Y Huey helicopter went down near Charikot, Nepal, Tuesday, according to the U.S. military.

Two Nepalese service members, who have not been identified, also died in the crash. The Nepalese Army said Saturday that none of the eight bodies recovered with the helicopter were recognizable.

The chopper disappeared Tuesday, but the wreckage was not spotted until Friday in the remote terrain of Himalayan nation, which was struck by a horrific earthquake last month and a powerful aftershock Tuesday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as we all mourn this tragic loss of life," said a statement from the U.S. military's Joint Task Force 505, which is overseeing operations in the region. The task force has distributed more than 200,000 pounds of relief supplies to Nepal's residents, according to the U.S. Defense Department.
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