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Published On: Thu, Feb 23rd, 2012

Arizona sadden by the loss of 7 Marines

Weekly Edition | February 23, 2012 | By: NP writer

Arizona mourns the loss of Seven Marines that were killed during night training west of Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday when two helicopters collided. According to reports six of the Marines were from Camp Pendleton and one was from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
Arizona Governor issued a statement “Today is a tragic day for our State and our Nation. Last night, seven U.S. Marines were killed in a fatal helicopter collision in California’s Chocolate Mountains near Yuma, Arizona. The aircraft were conducting training operations near the Yuma Training Range Complex at approximately 9 p.m. MST when the incident occurred.” said Gov. Brewer.

News media outlets said the crash occurred around 8 p.m. and the helicopters, belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, were identified as a two seat Cobra attack helicopter and an UH-1 trooper carrier, commonly known as a Huey.

“This tragedy serves as another stark and sad reminder of the peril our men and women in uniform encounter on a daily basis – not only abroad, but on our own soil. It also reminds us that, whether in combat or training, no military mission is ever routine. We must never take for granted nor forget these soldiers’ sacrifice and service to the United States of America.” adding  “So, with a sad and heavy heart, I ask you to join me in praying for these Marines, their loved ones and all of our servicemen and women who risk their lives daily to protect ours.” said Gov. Jan Brewer.

The names of the seven Marines loss have not been released.


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Arizona sadden by the loss of 7 Marines