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.

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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.

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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.

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