LOS ANGELES (AP) — Military officials have identified a 28-year-old Huntingdon Valley-native as one of four Marines killed when their helicopter crashed on a training mission in the California desert.

Air Force Identifies Thunderbirds Pilot Killed In Nevada Crash

Those killed were identified Thursday as Capt. Samuel Schultz of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania; 27-year-old 1st Lt. Samuel Phillips of Pinehurst, North Carolina; 33-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Richard Holley of Dayton, Ohio; and 24-year-old Lance Cpl. Taylor Conrad of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Capt. Samuel A. Schultz,

Capt. Samuel A. Schultz, 28, of Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania, was a pilot
assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465. He joined the Marine Corps in May 2012. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marines were with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing’s 465th squadron out of the Miramar air station in San Diego.

Their CH-53E Super Stallion crashed Tuesday in the desert outside El Centro, near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Col. Craig Leflore, a commanding officer, says “these ‘warhorse’ Marines brought joy and laughter to so many around them,” and they will never be forgotten.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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