N.H. Native Among 5 Marines Killed In California Helicopter Crash

Photo: Courtesy of United States Marine Corps

DOVER, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — One of the five U.S. Marines killed in a helicopter crash this week in California was from New Hampshire, military officials said Friday.

Capt. Jack Casey, 26, of Dover, New Hampshire, enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 2019. He was a CH-53E helicopter pilot and member of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, otherwise known as the "Flying Tigers."

During his career, Casey earned the National Defense Service Medal and was promoted to the rank of Captain in September 2023.

Casey and four other Marines in the "Flying Tigers" unit were onboard a helicopter that vanished during a storm in the mountains outside San Diego Tuesday night. The crew was conducting flight training at the time of the crash, the USMC said.

The helicopter wreck was discovered Wednesday morning. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

"Capt. Jack Casey gave his life while serving his country," Governor Chris Sununu said in a statement. "Valerie and I are deeply saddened as we mourn the loss of these five Marines. Capt. Jack Casey’s death is a profound loss for his family, his community, New Hampshire, and the country. I have directed all flags on all public buildings and grounds in the State of New Hampshire to fly at half-staff on the day of interment."

"We have been confronted with a tragedy that is every service family’s worst fear," said Lt. Col. Nicholas J. Harvey, commanding officer of HMH-361. "Our top priority now is supporting the families of our fallen heroes, and we ask for your respect and understanding as they grieve. The Flying Tigers family stands strong and includes the friends and community who have supported our squadron during this challenging time. We will get through this together."

The other Marines were identified Friday as:

  • Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, 21, of Olathe, Kansas, a CH-53E helicopter crew chief.
  • Sgt. Alec Langen, 23, of Chandler, Arizona, a CH-53E helicopter crew chief.
  • Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27, of Emmett, Idaho, a CH-53E helicopter pilot.
  • Capt. Miguel Nava, 28, of Traverse City, Michigan, a CH-53E helicopter pilot.

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