Skip to main content

Camp Pendleton Remembers Marines Killed In Nepal

Photo caption:

Photo credit: 10News

Photos of the Marines killed in Nepal were on display during a memorial service in their honor at Camp Pendleton, June 3, 2015.

Family members and military colleagues of six U.S. Marines killed in a helicopter crash last month in earthquake-ravaged Nepal gathered Wednesday for a memorial service at Camp Pendleton.

The UH-1Y Huey attached to Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 469 went down about eight miles north of the town of Charikot on a steep Himalayan mountainside hours after a magnitude-7.3 temblor struck the region on May 12. The wreckage of the aircraft was found three days later.

Killed in the crash were Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, 31, of Sedgwick, Kansas; Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, 29, of Harlan, Nebraska; Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, 30, of Riverside; Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV, 29, of Seminole, Florida; Cpl. Sara A. Medina, 23, of Kane, Illinois; and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, 22, of Maricopa, Arizona.

The personnel aboard the Camp Pendleton-based chopper were participating in a disaster-relief mission called "Operation Sahayogi Haat" when their helicopter was reported missing. They had been diverted from a joint task force exercise in the Philippines to assist with search and rescue in the South Asian country.

Aircraft from the United States, India and Nepal took part in the search for the missing helicopter and Marines.

Marines Killed In Nepal Remembered At Camp Pendleton


San Diego News Matters podcast branding

KPBS' daily news podcast covering local politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings so you can listen on your morning commute.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.