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About 2,000 mourn Navy SEALs, others killed in helicopter crash

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 one of 38 people killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 when their helicopter was shot down. Credit: Shane Delaney / KIMT-TV
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.

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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

 
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