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Families Mourn Marines Lost in Deadly Helicopter Crash Amidst Calls for Better Safety Standards

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Families Mourn Marines Lost In Deadly Helicopter Crash Amidst Calls For Better Safety Standards

Grieving families of the five Marines tragically lost in a recent helicopter crash during a storm in California have spoken out, expressing their profound sorrow and concern over recurring fatal accidents within the military.

Steven Langen, father of Sgt. Alec Langen, one of the victims, described the tragedy as a distressing reminder of the ongoing safety risks faced by service members.

Last Tuesday, the group was aboard the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that went down in the mountains outside San Diego amid turbulent weather conditions.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash, which claimed the lives of Capt. Benjamin Moulton and three other Marines.

Bradford Moulton, uncle of Capt. Benjamin Moulton, questioned the decision to fly in such treacherous conditions, highlighting concerns over the necessity of the aerial mission during severe weather.

This incident follows a similar tragedy three months ago when Marines perished in a helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea.

Furthermore, a fatal accident involving Air Force special operations service members occurred in November, and another Marine lost his life in a separate incident just north of San Diego.

Experts believe that the extreme weather conditions greatly contributed to the recent helicopter crash, emphasizing the importance of enhanced safety protocols.

Relatives of the fallen Marines expressed pride in their loved ones’ commitment to serving in the military and reflected on their aspirations and dedication to their roles.

Steven Langen, a former Marine crew chief, recalled his son’s passion for serving and the early ambition that led Alec to pursue a career in the military.

Gregory Davis, father of Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, shared fond memories of his son’s upbringing amid military influences and expressed admiration for Donovan’s achievements and dedication to the Marine Corps.

The commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Maj. Gen. Michael J. Borgschulte, hailed the fallen Marines for their selfless service and commitment to a higher calling.

Rachel Adams

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