The Pentagon has identified six US Marines killed when their
helicopter crashed last Thursday in Afghanistan. The Associated
Press reports that all six were based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii
in Kaneohe Bay. All were veterans of multiple deployments to
The men were identified as 27-year-old Captain Daniel Bartle of
Ferndale, WA; 29-year-old Captain Nathan McHone of Crystal Lake,
IL; 40-year-old Master Sergeant Travis Riddick of Centerville, IA;
23-year-old Corporal Jesse Stites of North Beach, MD; 25-year-old
Corporal Kevin Reinhard of Colonia, NJ; and 22-year-old Corporal
Joseph Logan of Willis, TX. The AP reports Bartle and McHone were
the pilots, and Riddick was serving as crew chief.
Base Spokeswoman First Lieutenant Diann Olson commented, "These
men were not only experienced Marines, but they were husbands,
sons, brothers and dear friends. The memories of our fallen Marines
are engraved in each and every one who had the privilege to know
and serve alongside them, and we will never forget the sacrifice
they made to our country and our Corps."
The helicopter was a CH-53D Sea Stallion (similar aircraft
pictured), the same Vietnam-era model which crashed with one
fatality in Hawaii last March in an accident blamed on mechanical
failure. The investigation into last week's accident is not
complete, but officials say there was no enemy activity in the area
at the time.