SEAL from New Jersey killed in Afghan chopper crash
NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- A Navy SEAL from Toms River, New Jersey, was among nine NATO trrops killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Authorities say the Blackhawk helicopter went down as it was trying to land in the Zabul Province in Southern Afghanistan Tuesday.
Authorities say 24-year-old Petty Officer Denis Miranda, who was assigned to the east coast-based SEAL team, died in the crash.
The Taliban claims it shot down the chopper.
This has been the deadliest year for American forces since the war began nine years ago.
The other Navy victims were identified as Lt. Brendan J. Looney, 29, of Owings, Md.; Senior Chief Petty Officer David B. McLendon, 30, of Thomasville, Ga.; and Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam O. Smith, 26, of Hurland, Mo.
McLendon was assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit. Looney and Smith were also assigned to SEAL teams.
The soldiers killed were Maj. Robert F. Baldwin, 39, of Muscatine, Iowa; Chief Warrant Officer Matthew G. Wagstaff, 34, of Orem, Utah; Chief Warrant Officer Jonah D. McClellan, 26, of St. Louis Park, Minn.; Staff Sgt. Joshua D. Powell, 25, of Pleasant Plains, Ill.; and Sgt. Marvin R. Calhoun Jr., 23, of Elkhart, Ind.
Baldwin was assigned to the brigade headquarters; Wagstaff, McClellan and Calhoun were assigned to the 5th Battalion; and Powell was assigned to the 6th Battalion.
new jersey, u.s. military, local news
- Brooklyn fire leaves 2 children critically hurt
- AccuWeather: Much Colder
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- Get WATCH ABC for your mobile device
- East Harlem investigation focuses on basement
- Church services to remember East Harlem victims
- Photos: East Harlem explosion 29 min ago
- 2 shot after fight at Garden City nightclub
- Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai wins 2014 NYC Half
- Malaysia asks countries for radar data to help find jet
- Here and Now
- Viewpoint on WABC-TV
- Tiempo on WABC-TV
- Up Close with Diana Williams
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos