Navy Identifies Aircrewmen Killed in MH-53 Crash

Story Number: NNS120719-09Release Date: 7/19/2012 11:30:00 AM
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From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- The Navy announced the names June 21 of two Sailors killed when their MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crashed July 19.

Chief Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis, Mo., and Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris, 31, of West Monroe, La., were declared deceased following an extensive search of the wreckage and the surrounding areas of the crash.

The helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron (HM) 15, went down 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman Thursday while conducting heavy lift support operations.

Three of the helicopter's five crewmembers were safely recovered.

The crash was not due to hostile action.

The incident is under investigation.

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7/22/2012 8:20:00 PM
I am a proud uncle - Sean was on a uniquely American mission with qualifications only an elite few have earned. I salute Sean and the flag, and post my heartfelt condolences to his young widow and to my sister and her husband. Sean is a true American hero who gave everything to the country he loved and served. God bless Sean and his memory. The streets of heaven may be guarded by U.S Marines, but Sean and the Navy SEALS will be first responders to any need.

7/22/2012 6:01:00 AM
They served their country with all their heart and to the best of their skill and ability. Let us be thankful we have men like these to look up to.

7/21/2012 8:47:00 PM
God bless these men and their families who all made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

7/21/2012 6:10:00 PM
My deepest condolences

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An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
July 6, 2012
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