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Honoring Marines Killed in Chopper Crash on 2/23/2012

February 26, 2012

English: UH-1Y Huey helicopter landing on ship

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I just wanted to take a few moments to remember these 7 men and their families. Brave warriors, you will be missed, but not forgotten.  Semper Fi.
The Camp Pendleton-based aircraft collide during a nighttime training mission in a remote part of Imperial County. The accident is called ‘a grave reminder’ of troops’ sacrifices. – Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
  • Maj. Thomas A. Budrejko, 37, of Montville, Conn., commissioned in the Marine Corps May 24, 1996 and served as an AH-1W Cobra pilot and Executive Officer of HMLA-469.
  • Capt. Michael M. Quin, 28, of Purcellville, Va., commissioned in the Marine Corps May 26, 2006 and served as a UH-1Y Huey pilot.
  • Capt. Benjamin N. Cerniglia, 31, of Montgomery, Ala., commissioned in the Marine Corps December 14, 2007 and served as an AH-1W Cobra pilot.
  • Sgt. Justin A. Everett, 33, of Clovis, Calif., enlisted in the Marine Corps February 19, 2002 and served as a helicopter crew chief aboard UH-1Y Hueys.
  • Lance Cpl. Corey A. Little, 25, of Marietta, Ga., enlisted in the Marine Corps March 30, 2009 and served as a helicopter crew chief aboard UH-1Y Hueys.
  • Lance Cpl. Nickoulas H. Elliott, 21, of Spokane, Wash., enlisted in the Marine Corps May 4, 2009 and served as a helicopter crew chief aboard UH-1Y Hueys.
  • Capt. Nathan W. Anderson, 32, of Amarillo, Texas, commissioned in the Marine Corps December 20, 2002 and served as a UH-1Y Huey pilot.  Anderson was assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

Read the article about the accident at http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/24/local/la-me-helicopter-crash-20120224

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2012 9:26 pm

    Thanks for posting this. The Combat Arms training schedule is a busy one; full of oportunities for soldiers to hone their skils, learn how to work in various environments, with various types of equipment (new, and old), and how to work with other branches of the Armed Forces, along with many, many other very important items on the agenda. Training is critical to the success of all missions. Sometimes things go wrong, and people are killed. I was involved in a training accident during my time in service. Luckily no one lost their life, but one of us very well could have, because we had High Explosive Artillery rounds dropped on our hill. Having gone through the investigative process, I am confident there will be a complete investigation into this terrible tragedy. My heart, and prayers go out to the families, friends, and loved ones. It is very hard to lose someone this way because often the families do not realize how intense the training can be. Everything about the Combat Arms is dangerous, even the training missions. I hope people will understand this better, and be more appreciative of the sacrifices our service members make for the freedom, of all of us, every day. Sacrifices made in, and out of the combat zone.

    mark

  2. February 27, 2012 9:25 pm

    Reblogged this on The Patriot's Project.

  3. --Rick permalink
    February 27, 2012 2:12 am

    Reblogged this on Let's Get Political and commented:
    I’d like to thank Veterans Project 365 for the work done to honor and respect our active duty warriors and veterans. This story is heartbreaking; however, it documents the fact that our men and women in the military do not have to be engaged directly in combat to lose their lives while serving the nation. Seven United States Marines perished in a helicopter training accident and Veterans Project 365 has done an outstanding job of ensuring their sacrifice gets the notice and recognition deserved. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences goes out to the friends, shipmates and families of these heroic warriors.

    There is a port of no return, where ships
    May ride at anchor for a little space
    And then, some starless night, the cable slips,
    Leaving an eddy at the mooring place . . .
    Gulls, veer no longer. Sailor, rest your oar.
    No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.

    Lost Harbor by Leslie Nelson Jennings.

  4. February 26, 2012 7:10 pm

    You are great marines, you were great soldiers and citizens. This country will be less for your loss. God, I am so sorry this happened and so very sorry for the families whose loss this is greatest for. I part for them.

  5. February 26, 2012 1:20 pm

    Being a Vet, I cannot concieve losing a child from war, but even more so, losing a child at home, when supposedly out of harms way. My prayers and thoughts go out to those parents and families of my fellow Marines. Semper Fi!
    PKC

  6. February 26, 2012 12:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Boudica BPI Weblog.

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