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    5 Marines Killed in California Helicopter Crash Identified as Families Grieve

    5 Marines Killed in California Helicopter Crash Identified as Families Grieve

    The Marine Corps has identified five service members who were killed after their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed in Southern California on Tuesday.

    Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, 21; Sgt. Alec Langen, 23; Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27; Capt. Jack Casey, 26; and Capt. Miguel Nava, 28, died when their aircraft went down near a mountainous part of the state east of San Diego during a routine training flight, according to the service.

    They were flying from Creech Base, Nevada, to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, when they crashed about 80 miles from their destination. All three officers were pilots, while Davis and Langen were crew chiefs.

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    The Marine Corps notified the family members of the deceased in the days following the incident as fellow Marines guarded their remains overnight during recovery efforts and inclement weather.

    Military.com spoke to Langen's family Friday. Through tears, they remembered the intelligent, “goofy” young man who was full of life, built military structures out of Legos when he was little, and was driven to join the Marine Corps because of his dad.

    “He love the Marine Corps,” Langen's father, Steve — who also served as a CH-53 Super Stallion crew chief — told Military.com. “He always said that's what he wants — what Daddy did — and he did it, and he did it better.

    “And being a part of this tragic…

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