FORT BRAGG, N.C. — More than 750 people turned out Monday for a memorial service dedicated to the three soldiers killed in a helicopter crash.
Spc. Christopher Bingaman, Chief Warrant Officer Bruce Boggs and 1st Lt. Candance Voegele-Daniels died during a training mission last week. Their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Dillon County, S.C., near the Great Pee Dee River.
"To lose someone on a training flight as opposed to in combat makes no difference," said Capt. Ryan Boyle.
"I actually talked to all three of them that day, and they were all extremely happy that they were going to go fly," said Spc. Ryon Anderson, Bingaman's roommate. "They all had fun doing it and loved it very much."
The aviators were not just soldiers. Voegele-Daniels, 24, got married on Valentine's Day. Bingaman was known as a prankster to his friends. While those two were beginning their careers, Boggs planned to retire in just four months.
"You know, we lost friends and co-workers. It was just a terrible accident," said 1st Lt. John Marzec, Voegele-Daniels' friend.
Fort Bragg has put training flights on hold for a few days.