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Ex-Marine: Support Fla. Chopper Crash Victims' Families

By    |   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 07:16 PM

The seven Marines and four National Guard soldiers who perished when their chopper crashed during a training mission in Florida were true American warriors whose families need help, retired Marine John Brown told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"Whether they die in combat or in the preparation for combat, their loss is too much and it's unbelievable," Brown said on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"This is an amazing loss to our nation and to our military. Regardless of how it transpired, we need to come together as a country, as veterans, and do everything in our power to minimize the impact on the families."

Brown is a member of RaisingRaiders.org, which along with the RaiderProject.org., is raising money to help pay the expenses of the victims' families.

Seven were members of the Marines Special Operations Command based in North Carolina and four were National Guard soldiers from Louisiana.

Their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down in heavy fog early Tuesday, during a nighttime training mission off Florida's Gulf coast, near the Eglin Air Force Base, 50 miles east of Pensacola.

"[They] train for a wide variety of missions and that includes in inclement weather, inclement seas, and for a wide variety of things that can come up," Brown told Steve Malzberg.

"This is just one of thousands of training missions that reconnaissance Marines and special operators conduct on a regular basis and unfortunately they had a terrible accident."

On Friday, military officials released the names of the Marines killed. All were from the 2nd Special Operations Battalion of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune.

They are: Andrew Seif, Trevor Blaylock, Thomas Saunders, Liam Flynn, Stanford Shaw, Marcus Bawol and Kerry Kemp.

The seven were part of a special operations unit conducting amphibious "helicopter and boat insertion and extraction training" focused on getting troops in and out of specific areas, the Marine Corps said.

A number of the men had wives and young children.

Brown urged Americans to donate whatever they can.

"I respectfully ask if you have $1, $10, whatever you have to make a donation to these organizations because the money is going to go directly to the families," he said.

"These people need to know that the country cares about the sacrifices that they've made for our nation and for our safety."

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