Memorial honors Marines killed in helicopter crash in Nepal

Photos of six Marines killed in a helicopter crash while on a rescue mission for earthquake victims in Nepal are displayed with flight vests, helmets, rifles and boots during a memorial service at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Wednesday, June 3, 2015. The six were, from left, Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug. (Sam Gangwer/The Orange County Register via AP)
People pay their respects after a memorial service held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Wednesday, June 3, 2015, for six Marines who were killed in a helicopter crash while helping with disaster relief in earthquake-devastated Nepal. Hundreds of people attended the ceremony to honor the six who were aboard the U.S. military's UH-1 "Huey" that went down on a steep mountainside near the town of Charikot on May 12. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
People pay their respects after a memorial service held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Wednesday, June 3, 2015, for six Marines who were killed in a helicopter crash while helping with disaster relief in earthquake-devastated Nepal. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps held a memorial service for six Marines who were killed in a helicopter crash while helping with disaster relief in earthquake-devastated Nepal.

The six were Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug.

Hundreds of people attended the ceremony Wednesday at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego, to honor the six who were aboard the U.S. military’s UH-1 “Huey” that went down on a steep mountainside near the town of Charikot on May 12.

Two Nepalese soldiers were also on board. The wreckage was found three days later, and an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.

The ceremony included the playing of taps and a helicopter fly-over in clear, sunny skies. Capt. Melanie Salinas says it was a beautiful memorial service.

Four of the Marines were part of the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Pendleton. Two other Marines were combat cameramen based in Japan.

They were providing aid after recent earthquakes in Nepal killed more than 8,600 people.

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Edward Powers speaks during a memorial service held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Wednesday, June 3, 2015, for six Marines who were killed in a helicopter crash while helping with disaster relief in earthquake-devastated Nepal. Hundreds of people attended the ceremony to honor the six who were aboard the U.S. military's UH-1 "Huey" that went down on a steep mountainside near the town of Charikot on May 12. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Marine Corps Lt. Col. Edward Powers speaks during a memorial service held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Wednesday, June 3, 2015, for six Marines who were killed in a helicopter crash while helping with disaster relief in earthquake-devastated Nepal. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

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