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Memorial Services To Be Held For Apache Helicopter Pilots

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Pilots who died last week when the Apache helicopter they were flying crashed into the Cape Fear River will be remembered this week.

A wake for First Lt. Christopher Plummer was held Thursday in Miami. Plummer's funeral is scheduled for Friday.

A memorial service for CW3 Richard James is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Nicholson Funeral Home in Statesville. He will be buried with full military honors.

James, who lived in Lewisville, had served more than 20 years in the military, including the last 16 as a member of the N.C. National Guard. The 44-year-old was part of the unit that returned in May 2004 from a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan. He leaves behind a son and two daughters.

Plummer, 31, lived in North Raleigh. He joined the N.C. National Guard in May 2002, and had served 13 years as a reservist. Plummer planned on attending law school in the fall at the University of Miami, family members said.

The National Guard chopper went down last Thursday near the Lee-Chatham county lines. The crash is still under investigation.

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