Local News

Fort Bragg soldiers die in helicopter crash

Posted October 30, 2009

— Two Fort Bragg soldiers died Monday after their MH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in Darreh-ye Bum, Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Sgt. 1st Class David E. Metzger, 32, of San Diego, and Staff Sgt. Keith R. Bishop, 28, of Medford, N.Y., were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.

They were among seven special operations soldiers who died in the crash, DOD officials said.

Metzger is survived by his sons, David and Grant, who live in Fort Bragg. He is also survived by his parents, David Metzger and Lisandra Holstein, as well as his grandmother, Dolores, of San Diego, Calif.

Bishop is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Flager Beach, Fla. and parents, Robert and Suzan Bishop, of Carlisle, Penn.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Professor Oct 30, 2009

    My condolences to America's hero. May they rest in peace eternally.

  • Jake Wildstar Oct 30, 2009

    Go easy Bro's

  • csplantlover Oct 30, 2009

    Well, let's keep sending them over there to a region that has always been uncivilized and will NEVER be anything but.....instead of having them here protecting OUR country like they should be - there would be a lot less casualty to report if they were standing at our borders keeping these savages out and sending them back to the war-ridden hovels they love to perpetuate!

  • just my2cents Oct 30, 2009

    Rest in peace our heroes. May God bless your families and friends as the grieve the loss. Thank you for your sacrifices to our country. My heart bleeds.

  • True Blue in Wake County Oct 30, 2009

    Having served in this battalion as a member of FOB-73 under then LTC Simeon Trombitas, peace be with you my brothers. Lo Que Sea, Cuando Sea, Donde Sea....De Opresso Liber......Tru

  • sssh.. whisper Oct 30, 2009

    May God bless you and your families always... Thank you for your sacrifices

  • bcarolinabreeze Oct 30, 2009

    Thank you both and your other military personnel who have given their all. Special Ops takes such sacrifice and love of country. Prayers with you and your families. RIP, great warriors and defenders of freedom.

  • carolinamom5 Oct 30, 2009

    Thank you, brave soldiers. May you rest in peace. Praying for the families...

  • JaredsMom Oct 30, 2009

    May God bless the families of these fallen heroes.

  • Sessy V--V Oct 30, 2009

    Breaks my heart when I read stories like this.

    May God bless them ALL.