Marine with Warren ties is dead in helicopter crash
Divers find missing helicopter in pieces underwater.
The Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in dense fog during a training mission in Florida was carrying seven Marines from Special Operations Command forces based in North Carolina, and four National Guard soldiers from Louisiana. Coast Guard helicopter flies over Santa Rosa Sound near Navarre, Fla., Wednesday March 11, 2015 as search crews and divers look for the crash site of a Army helicopter that went down Tuesday evening with 11 service members aboard. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Devon Ravine)(Photo: AP) At least one Marine with Michigan ties is dead and the status of another is unknown in a helicopter crash in fog off the Florida coast that killed seven Marines and four soldiers. “It’s really sad. My heart goes out to them,” said Mary Ellen Sprague, banquet director at DeCarlos Banquet and Convention Center in Warren, where Bawol met Erika Lynn Hipple, formerly of Sterling Heights, whom he was to marry Oct. 17 in northern Michigan. Bawol played baseball and football and was a member of the school’s swim team, according to district Superintendent Robert Livernois. “He would wrestle with them.
The military’s response officially changed from search-and-rescue to search-and-recovery after divers inspected the aircraft’s shattered core, Col. Monte Cannon, vice-commander of the 96th Test Wing, said at Eglin Air Force Base. “It was certainly a high-impact crash,” said Eglin Fire Chief Mark Giuliano, and “very, very, very dense fog” still complicates the response. They remained friends and kept in touch when they both went away to college and started seriously dating in the fall of 2006 during their freshmen year, according to the website. Rescuers have been searching a more than 50-square-mile area of water between Santa Rosa Island and the mainland southeast of Navarre Beach, an area on the barrier island that the base has been using for training since World War II.
Kemp was a “proud Marine, a loving husband and most wonderful father,” with a child about to turn 1, said his sister-in-law, Lora Waraksa of Port Washington, Wisconsin. Bawol’s sister Brandy Peek told the Associated Press today that military officials identified her brother from remains recovered after Tuesday night’s crash.
The unit had served two tours of duty overseas in the Iraq war and also deployed to help during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the BP oil spill, Mississippi River flooding and other domestic missions. The military is not yet releasing any details about those killed, nor has it described the cause of the crash, which happened Tuesday night in weather conditions so bad that another helicopter turned back. Jack Cullen, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Mobile, Alabama, said Thursday’s dense sea fog could persist through Friday, which is common when warm southern air meets cold water this time of year. Like the Army’s Green Berets and the Navy’s SEALs, they were highly trained to endure grueling conditions and sensitive assignments on land and at sea, from seizing ships to special reconnaissance missions and direct action inside hostile territory.
Tuesday night’s training involved practicing “insertion and extraction missions,” using small boats and helicopters to get troops into and out of a target site, said Capt. Military officials said search crews were focused on a 6-mile stretch of the sound. “It sounded like something metal either being hit or falling over, that’s what it sounded like.
And there were two booms afterward, similar to what you hear with ordnance booms, but more muffled,” Urr said. “We saw gloves, a uniform with a last name on it,” said Alan Collinsworth, a hotel desk clerk. Lots of debris was floating past the hotel’s waterfront. “We were very shocked.” Over the weekend, a California man was caught on surveillance footage trying to jump through the rear window of a minivan during a naked parking lot rampage. Garrett Smith, 21, was captured on video trying to dive head first through a minivan’s rear window in an Anaheim apartment complex lot Saturday night.
Amie Carter, 31, jumped in front of a couple’s Lexus and pleasured herself before climbing on top of the vehicle and stomping its hood Feb. 15, police said. Jeremiah Patterson took all of his clothes off in the store and sought out the comfiest dog beds, according to a report by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
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