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Helicopter Crash Victims ID’ed - Three Were San Diego-Based

Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks
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Above: Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks

The Pentagon has released the names of the seven members of the Navy and Army who were killed August 16 in a helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Three of the men who died were based in San Diego.

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks, 28, of Edgewater, Maryland and Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class David J. Warsen, 27, of Kentwood, Michigan were both Navy SEALs assigned to Coronado's Naval Special warfare unit.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Petty Officer Technician 1st Class Sean P. Carson, 32, of Des Moines, Washington was assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal mobile unit in San Diego.

Also killed in the crash were:

Sgt. Richard A. Essex, 23, of Kelseyville, Calif., assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;

Sgt. Luis A. Oliver Galbreath, 41, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;

Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hornsby, 37, of Melbourne, Fla., assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;

Chief Warrant Officer Suresh N. A. Krause, 29, of Cathedral City, Calif., assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

As Home Post reported last week, the seven U.S. troops and four Afghans were killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk crashed in Kandahar’s Shah Wali Kot district. The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter.

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