5 military personnel from California die in Afghanistan
|Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Feeks
Credit: U.S. Navy
|Petty Officer 2nd Class David Warsen
Credit: Warsen family
Five of the seven U.S. military personnel killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week had ties to California, according to information released Monday by the Department of Defense.
Three -- an explosive ordnance technician and two SEALs -- were assigned to San Diego and Coronado-based Navy commands. Two others were Army soldiers from a unit from Hawaii but had California cities listed as their hometowns.
-- Army Chief Warrant Officer Suresh Krause, 29, from Cathedral City, Calif. Krause was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Aviation Command Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
-- Army Sgt. Richard A. Essex, 23, of Kelseyville, Calif. Essex was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
-- Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Carson, 32, of Des Moines, Wash. Carson was assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal mobile unit in San Diego.
-- Navy Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Feeks, 28, of Edgewater, Md. A SEAL, Feeks was assigned to Coronado-based Naval Special Warfare Group One.
-- Navy Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class David Warsen, 27, of Kentwood, Mich. A SEAL, Warsen was assigned to the Coronado-based Naval Special Warfare Group One.
Also killed in the crash were two soldiers from Schofield Barracks and four Afghan soldiers. The circumstances of the crash Aug. 16 northwest of Kandahar province have not been revealed.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego