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Phoenix Marine among those lost in Nepal helicopter crash

Staff~ 5/20/2015

PHOENIX – Six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Nepal on May 12. The group was on their way to provide humanitarian relief after last month’s deadly earthquake.

The six Marines have been identified as Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug. Two Nepalese soldiers were also aboard and have been identified as Tapendra Rawal and Basanta Titara.

Lance Cpl. Hug, 22 years old, was from Phoenix. He enlisted in the Marines just after his graduation from Barry Goldwater High School in 2012. According to the Marine Corps Times, Hug was a combat videographer assigned to Marine Corps Installations Pacific. His video and photo portfolio can be viewed online at

Hug and the other five crew members were on their way to deliver food and other supplies to areas of Nepal devastated by the April 25 earthquake. The copter crashed in a forest about 50 miles northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal.

These brave veterans will be especially remembered this Memorial Day as those who gave their all to help others.