About 2,000 mourn Navy SEALs, others killed in helicopter crash
An estimated 2,000 people attended a private memorial service Wednesday morning at the Rock Church in San Diego in remembrance of Navy SEALs and other military personnel killed in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
The service, closed to the media and public, "provided families, friends and colleagues of the fallen a private opportunity to pay final respects to heroes who have given their lives in defense of the country," a Navy spokesman said.
Thirty-eight people were killed in the crash -- 30 Americans and eight Afghans -- in central Afghanistan's Wardak province, west of Kabul. The twin-rotor Chinook helicopter was ferrying SEALs to support Army Rangers in a firefight with Taliban insurgents.
The deaths represent the largest loss of U.S. personnel in one incident in the 10-year war in Afghanistan. The Naval Special Warfare Command, which includes SEALs, is based in Coronado.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Fallen Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog, Hawkeye, lies next to his master's casket during funeral services Aug. 19 in Iowa. Tumilson, 35, was among 38 people killed Aug. 6 in Afghanistan when a twin-rotor Chinook helicopter was shot down. Credit: Shane Delaney / KIMT-TV