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Mon August 22, 2011
Mourners Remember Local Troops Killed in Afghanistan Chinook Crash
By Sylvia Maria Gross
OLATHE, Ks. – A national tragedy was brought very close home this week when the remains of several of the soldiers killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan returned to the area.
30 Americans and eight Afghanis were on board and they all died. It was the single largest loss of US troops since the war began in Afghanistan almost ten years ago. And five of the 38 people who died in that helicopter crash had a connection to this region.
They were remembered this week from Hays, Kansas to Kearney, Missouri to Olathe.