Tue, Jan 31, 2012
One Of Six Fatally Injured In Sea Stallion Accident
The Marine Corps pilot of a CH-53D Sea Stallion was laid to rest
Sunday in his hometown of Crystal Lake, IL. Capt. Nathan McHone was
fatally injured when his helicopter went down during a mission in
Helmand province in Afghanistan January 19th. Thousands of people
reportedly lined the streets of the small town northwest of Chicago
as his body was brought home.
CH-53D Sea Stallion
McHone had joined the Marine Corps in order to learn to fly,
according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Paul Schuth, pastor
of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church where the service was held,
said McHone was very pragmatic about being shot at flying in combat
zones. "He acted as if it were a matter of routine," Schuth said
during the eulogy.
Taliban fighters claimed to have shot down McHone's aircraft,
but DoD officials say the accident was caused by mechanical
problems with the Sea Stallion, and that no fighting was going on
when the accident occurred.
McHone's unit had been based in Hawaii. They deployed to
Afghanistan in August.
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