A decorated New Jersey soldier was one of two helicopter mechanics who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of California, the U.S. military said today.
Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, 33, of Brick, NJ, and Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, Calif., were killed late Thursday on San Clemente Island, which is controlled by the US Navy and used as a training facility for elite units, such as the SEALs. Both soldiers were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), which is based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
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