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Navy IDs 4 killed in Afghanistan helo crash

Sep. 22, 2010 - 07:17PM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 22, 2010 - 07:17PM  |  
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Navy officials have released the names of the four Navy personnel killed when their helicopter crashed Tuesday in Zabul province, southern Afghanistan.

Three Navy SEALs and one naval special warfare support sailor are among those confirmed dead. Five U.S. Army air crew members also died in the crash. Three others, including another Navy SEAL, were injured in the crash and remain in critical condition at a U.S. medical facility in Afghanistan.

Killed were:

• Lt. Brendan John Looney, 29, a native of Owings, Md., who was a 2004 Naval Academy graduate, where he played on the lacrosse team. He was initially commissioned as a naval intelligence officer, serving first with Naval Forces Korea, Detachment Chinhae. In May 2006, he was assigned as an intel officer with an East Coast NSW unit before being accepted for SEAL training in March 2007. He remained at Coronado and was assigned to a SEAL team there. His awards are listed as the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

• Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) (SW/FMF) David Blake McLendon, 30, of Thomasville, Ga. McLendon, who joined the Navy in July 1998, was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Support Activity in Norfolk, Va. He was selected by the 2010 senior chief board and officially put on his latest rank June 16. His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Navy Battle "E" Ribbon — two awards; Navy Good Conduct Medal — three awards; and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

• Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Adam Olin Smith, 26, of Hurdland, Mo. Smith enlisted Oct. 27, 2004, and was formally advanced to second class July 16. After recruit training, he attended school at the Naval Air Technical Training Command in Pensacola, Fla., before reporting to NSW in March 2005. His awards include the Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

• Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class (SEAL) Denis Miranda, 24, of Toms River, N.J. Miranda enlisted Sept. 10, 2003, and was advanced to E-4 on July 16. Before becoming a SEAL in 2007, he served at Patrol Squadron 8 in Jacksonville, Fla. He also attended hospital corpsman "A" school. His personnel files contained no record of awards or medals.

Another Navy SEAL was injured in the crash.

Related reading:

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/09/ap-army-afghanistan-helicopter-crash-092310/">5 Fort Campbell troops killed in Afghanistan crash

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