U.S. military identifies two soldiers killed in Black Hawk training crash

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Army on Saturday identified two soldiers who were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash while training in Southern California as Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta and Sgt. Tyler Shelton.

Both soldiers died and three other service members were injured in the accident Thursday at a military training base on San Clemente Island, but few other details of the incident were immediately available from the United States Army Special Operations Command.

The Army deaths come about a month after seven Marines and one Navy sailor died after a Navy amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) sank in several hundred feet of water during an exercise off the same island July 30.

San Clemente Island is a U.S. Navy-controlled island about 70 miles (112 kilometers) west of San Diego and is used by various branches of the military with its airfield and bombing range.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.