August 9th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Slain service members from downed copter arrive in U.S.

The remains of the 38 U.S. and Afghan personnel killed on board a helicopter shot down in Afghanistan over the weekend arrived in the United States on Tuesday, a Defense Department official confirmed to CNN.

The two planes carrying the remains landed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to Dave Lapan of the Defense Department press office..

Because the catastrophic nature of the crash made the remains difficult to identify, all 38 sets were brought to the United States. The Afghan remains will be returned to their families once identifications can be made.

The slain U.S. service members represent the worst single-incident loss of American life since the start of the Afghan war.

Thirty Americans died in the crash, including 22 Navy SEALs, military officials said.

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  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ huh... do you like ROLL-ROYCES ?

    August 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |

    I see that they're still weeping over these guys as though they were saints on a holy mission the way the right-wing news media made them appear to be. They were there to to kill people, not to do any good.

    August 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • beth

      so you are trying to get a rise out of those with feelings for these heros? you make their demise even more heroic. at any rate, take your heartless comments back to the desert and tell your fellow sand laden wastes of human flesh.

      August 10, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Hey RUFF NUUTT do you really believe the last blog you gave about our guys there to not do any good have you forgotten 9 11 remember it was the same taliban that crashed the towerers that our men was huntin AND please tell me RUFF NUT exactly where would you like to have us fight them in afghanistan or at the sears tower i e you tell me RUFFY please remember that these taliban dont like you and REALLY WANT YOU DEAD RUFF NUT

    August 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    It really was our own Government that did us in...all in the name of OIL.
    Check it out ...

    August 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • beth

      you know at this point who cares who is responsible? these soldiers are gone. Why blame folks when we can bring them back. YOur comment is pointless now and wont bring these fellows back. Be a big Man or Lady, show some respect for their families if you are familiar with the term.

      August 10, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    Good euening jazzzy hope this evening finds you doin good Now jazzzz im sure if youve read anyve my post im open to most conspiracy theorys But really not into that one and even if it was so it was still taliban that was flying the planes BUT really jazzz oil what oil everyone likes to say that but we didnt get oil from iraq or afganistan that would be like saying W W 2 WAS a inside job we was responqible Oh WAIT WE WERE

    August 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    LMAO...thank you soo very much for the laugh before I go to sleep GUNG HOE...truly thank you (TEARING UP) ... Night

    August 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    And even with all said if you dont believe that these men ar
    E heros than you should not be here to reap the rewards from our blood sweat and tears have rewarded with you with over the years
    Of battles

    August 10, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. gung hoe

    Yep me to get to bEd my team lost the game soooooo good night tn yall

    August 10, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    I sorry BETH i will just wait till them idiots attack N Y city and i will them at that point that this is where we have to fight them

    August 10, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. ROY

    I agree with RuffNutt, I feel sorry for those soldiers. they died blindedly indoctrinated by their leaders that they are indeed heroes when in fact they're one hell of mercenaries killing innocent people in foreign land. Of course, not all Americans are in favor of having their children/brothers used as pawns in killing fields but then their silent protests will not stop these senseless killings . . . . pseudo-principles of greedy leeches, the true tentacles of the Anti-Christ, the real terrorists.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I'm glad to see that you don't know what you're talking about. Every person in the military isn't a lemming. If you're a janitor and your boss tells you to clean the clean the bathroom. If your a soldier and your boss tells you get in this helicopter, you get in the helicopter. Disagreeing with politics or international policy doesn't make the loss of lives less tragic.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gary Johndro

    This is such a terrible thing to have happened. I'm devatated,are you too? How are we going to get our glorious victory with all this going on???

    August 10, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mr Sandy K

    Hello Jazzzzzzzz! sorry I missed you last night

    August 10, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    We are rightly proud of navy seals who laid their lives in the line of duty. our hearts & prayers go out to their families.

    @ Gung Ho

    wake up man ! get your facts straight.
    It was not Taliban who were flying those plane which crashed into T.Towers. Those 'alleged' hijackers all had Saudi passports which were 'conveniently' found by our law enforcement. And amazingly 7 of those 'alleged' hijackers were found alive & kicking in their countries screaming murder for their having their identies stolen.
    Taliban on the other hand had offered twice in 2008 to hand over Osama Bin Laden to us if we could prove that he was behind 9/11 attacks. Bush had rejected this offer outrightly. FBI then & now had no such evidence.

    Listen to what the veteran BBC/ITN correspondent Alan Hart who has been digging into 9/11 has to say. catch his interview to BBC about 9/11 on YouTube.

    " 9/11 has been very good for Israel", " we are benefitting from attcks on twin Towers & Pentagon and America struggling in Iraq" Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech to Bar Ilan University, April 2008.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. jj

    Yes its truely sad what happened but why was this chopper flying so low??? Must be busheS fault right bans!

    August 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
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