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Soldier Killed In Black Hawk Crash Loved Family, Military Life

Posted April 29, 2004

— First Lt. Candace Voegele-Daniels, one of the victims killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash Monday, is being remembered as a person who loved her family, her job and life itself.

"She was a very humble person, come from a very small town in Kansas, a good old-fashioned country girl with good morals," said Robert Christensen, Candace's friend.

When she was not commanding Black Hawk helicopters, she was riding horses and enjoying time as a 24-year-old newlywed. Voegle-Daniels got married on Valentine's Day. She and her husband were planning a big reception for the fall, but now those plans have changed.

Voegele-Daniels and two other soldiers -- Chief Warrant Officer Bruce D. Boggs and Spc. Christopher K. Bingaman -- were killed when their Black Hawk crashed in a swampy area in Dillon, S.C. They were flying a routine training mission with night-vision goggles.

As investigators search for clues, looking for what went wrong, the soldiers' families and friends search for comfort.

"She was able to keep her simple life and her humble life, along with being a part of the United States Army," Christensen said.

Voegele-Daniels joined the Army a little more than two years ago. Her family said she always wanted to fly.

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