They were known for their quiet professionalism and dedication. One recently received a high military honor for rendering aid to a wounded comrade in Afghanistan while under enemy fire.
The 11 service members who died in an Army Black Hawk helicopter crash Tuesday off the Florida Panhandle weren’t only a loss to their country. They leave behind wives, fiancees, parents, children and friends. They will be missed. And remembered.
Seven of those on the helicopter were Marines based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They have been identified. Four served with the Louisiana Army National Guard. Their names have not been released.
Marine Staff Sgt. Marcus “Marc” S. Bawol, 26
Theresa D. Hipple was thrilled her stepdaughter, Erika, planned to marry Bawol this October. After all, the Warren, Michigan, Marine “was an all-around wonderful guy — the kind of guy you would want your daughter to marry,” Theresa Hipple told The…
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