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Campo

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I'm sure you all have heard of about the BlackHawk that went down in Iraq on Friday May 9 2003 that 3 soldiers died trying to rescue a wounded child.

If not heres the story.
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A US Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed in the Tigris River north of Baghdad Friday, killing three soldiers and injuring a fourth, the US military said.

The crash, which occurred at approximately 1700 GMT near the town of Sammarrah, "was not a result of hostile action," the US Central Command said.

A defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the helicopter may have struck high-tension power lines that were near the crash site.

The three soldiers killed in the crash were from the 4th Infantry Division, the command said in a statement.

The injured soldier, also from the 4th Infantry Division, was taken to a field hospital for treatment.

Their names were withheld pending notification of next of kin, the command said.

"The incident is under investigation," the command said.
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My Sister was the wife of the pilot, Brian K. VanDusen, that was one of the three killed in the incident. he was (and is) a dear friend of mine(before marrying my sister), then became my brother-in-law. I have been sitting here for the last few days, trying to find justification for what happened. And I can only come to one conclusion.

Brian VanDusen, was a person that loved life, loved people, he never passed a person on the street without saying HI or how are you doing. He was the only man I ever met that actually believed and lived by the saying that " Life is short, enjoy it to the fullest" (he said it allot). He loved his wife and children and family, he loved his country (he volunteered for Iraq), and he loved to fly BlackHawks(that's why he joined the Army). He was an avid outdoorsmen and included family. His daughter (age5) is an accomplished motto cross rider in the 50cc class (ready to move up). His son (age3) is riding the 50cc (Governed w/out training wheels). He taught me how to Bow Hunt (even though I was scared of heights).
In the winter of 2002, he flew at night in a snow storm, because the civilian Life Star wouldn't fly, to save the life of a child that was traveling with grandparents that died in an accident. He was always there.


To my Brother and Friend, You will be missed.
I can't find the word's to describe everything you ment
to me. You will always be my HERO and my Inspiration, I Love you.......................
 



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Mike

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Im sorry for your loss.. I will be thinking of you and your family.. as an american i say Thank you for him giving his life for my freedom.


God Bless America!! :usa:
 






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RIP!
He will always be remebered....

Another one of the airmen also that died in that tragic crash, was the brother of a friend of a coworker of mine..... It's a very small world, and we must cherish every minute of it! GOD BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO ENDURE OUR FREEDOMS!
 






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man Campo thats very sad! It's sad when its someone we know, heart goes out to you and your family!
 






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i'm very sorry for your loss, and my heart goes out to any and all families and friends affected by this incident.

god bless america and rest in peace to soldiers that have died for our country.
 






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I'm very sorry for your families loss. Your sister can be very proud of her husband.

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I'm very very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to everyone who know him.
 






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very sorry for the loss. yall should very proud of him for his bravery and service. i know i am.
 






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Thank you for sharing the story of a hero...and God Bless you and your family.
 






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My condolences. This is a loss for your family...and a loss for America. Please let your sister and the rest of your family know that millions of people, who never even had the opportunity to meet your brother-in-law, are very proud of him and have your family in our prayers.
 






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Thank you all for your condolences, Right now I'm heading to Colorado Spring's to be with my sister and attend the memorial on Ft. Carson.

As of now the military officals in Iraq are saying that the crash was a result of evading fire on take off.

Again Thank's all..
 






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Your family and America has lost a true HERO. Be proud that you knew him, and sad that you lost him, but most of all, know that he died doing what he loved (both helping a soul and flying that Blackhawk). You and your family will be in me and my families prayers. God Bless...:usa:
 






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Update..

After final military investigation it was deemed a hostile action..

TIKRIT, Iraq — The crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that
snagged a cable over the Tigris River and flipped into the water,
killing three soldiers, has been classified as a “hostile action.”
While the crash is still under investigation by an Army safety team,
their company commander, Maj. William LaChance, said tracer fire was
observed in the area of the aircraft’s flight path, but there is no
indication it was directed at the craft. “When I was there 30 minutes
later, there were still tracers in view,” he said. “The pilots could
have seen fire and initiated evasive action. They appeared to be in a
controlled descent.”
The May 9 accident happened near Samarrah, Iraq.
The 571st Medical Company (Air Ambulance) responded to an urgent call
May 9 to evacuate an 11-year-old Iraqi child who had stepped on a
landmine. Two Black Hawks were dispatched from the company’s
headquarters at an airfield just north of Tikrit and arrived about 20
minutes later at a landing area near Samarrah.
“It was too small for two, so one landed,” LaChance said. The other
helicopter, he said, circled about 150 feet overhead.
Within minutes of setting down, the crew on the ground saw the circling
helicopter do what looked to be an immediate descent, then they lost
sight of it behind some buildings, saw a large piece of debris shoot
skyward and “presumed the worst,” LaChance said.
The culprit was an inch-thick seven-strand steel cable suspended about
50 feet above the river, the sort of cable that may have been used as a
pulley, LaChance said. There were high-voltage power lines in the area
that were clearly indicated on maps, but the cable did not appear on any
maps.
“I have no reason to believe whatsoever they even saw that wire,” he
said.
At that point the mission changed from evacuating the injured child, who
was turned back to Iraqi authorities for treatment, to rescuing the crew
of the downed helicopter, which plunged 20 feet into the Tigris. Three
soldiers — the two pilots and the crew chief — were killed at the scene.
They were Chief Warrant Officer 2 Hans N. Gukeisen, 31, of Lead, S.D.;
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian K. Van Dusen, 39, of Columbus, Ohio; and
Cpl. Richard P. Carl, 26, of King Hill, Idaho.
The fourth soldier on board, medic Sgt. James Sides, was critically
injured and near death. He was pulled from the river by soldiers from
the first helicopter and by a group of Iraqi civilians.
Van Dusen, the pilot in command of the downed bird, was on assignment to
go to Germany, but had asked to deploy with the 571st “because he
believed in this mission,” LaChance recalled Van Dusen’s wife saying
after the accident. The couple had three children
 






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Sorry I didn't see this earlier.

Sorry for your loss and pray for your family. Tell your sister we send our condolences and appreciat his dedication to this country. I'm sure your family is hurting over this sudden and tragic event, hopefully you can find comfort in knowing he was doing what he loved.
 






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I'm so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family :(
 












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We have lost a true hero. I thank, and salute the crew and all others serving during these hard times. May god bless our troops.
 






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I am sorry for your loss. Your Sister and your family have my deepest sympathy. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help assist you.

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:usa: Sorry to hear about your families loss. He will always be remembered a hero. We'll keep him in our prayers. RIP
 



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:usa: I am very sorry to hear of ur families loss it must be hard. We will keep them in our hearts and prays. I thank them for defending our country...stay strong...peace

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