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. Mack

    These are great American heroes, deserving of all honor and respect that can be paid to them and their families.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Peace

    Such a shame. I know there will never be true "me" (lol) in the world, but, I can wish! I salute you! RIP

    August 9, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Monsters INC/Taliban/CNN Puppet Show

    Growl! Grow weak with fear! Rawrrrrr!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Rest In Peace, soldiers.
    Your work is done.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Angel

    @Tribal: Or.. Eh why bother.. You're right.. Nobody can tell you otherwise.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Tragic & unnecessary loss of life continues in senseless wars & conflicts.
    We Americans take rightful pride in our military but should not in those polticians responsible for taking us to the brink.
    The brink of financial & fiscal disaster, loss of national prestige, declining status as a superpower due to their self serving agenda. Letting America get involved in military misadventures , undermining American interests and augmenting those of other powers like Russia, China , India & Iran.
    Time we start questioning the rationale for continuing with this policy.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    YOU TROOLS ARE SO LUCKEY TO HAVE A KEYBOARD TO HIDE BEHIND OTHERWISE YOU WOULD BE GETTING YOUR REAR KICKED BUT GOOD These men were heros not to be made fun of Especially at this time of mourn Just imagine this was ur family member

    August 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. melvia vaughn

    I salute you! may god have great mercy on all these heros.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Godhelpusa

    Is bush and obama happy now...let get the hell out frm that place... History repeating all over again..The Russians

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynx16

      They think they are going to change something that has been going on for over 2000 years! You can't change what has been forsaken.

      August 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lynx16

    May the Lord bless each and every one of these soldiers who gave their lives, and their families lives as they know it, for us to have our freedoms. TO THE JERKS talking about them being gay and the stupid remarks about a parade, panties, lipstick and whatever. YOUR FREAKING COWARDS! You gutless pieces of crap who hide behind a keyboard. YOU COULDNT BE A MAN with a family, or even loved for that matter. YOUR DISCUSTING PIGS and we ought to send your butts over there to service the muslims. They will parade your head after they get done with every corner of your discusting body too.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr Sandy K

    I agree with you Lynx. let these men rest in peace and their families mourn without provocation from their own countrymen. banasy always here with a solid response.

    August 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    I just had a terrible thought..the "remains were difficult to identify" then what if the body parts get mixed up? They have to test each and every BODY PART to be sure!
    My condolences as well to the Families
    Hello Mr. Sandy K 🙂

    August 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      No, they wouldn't have to test each and every body part to be sure. They'd only have to test until they found 38 unique IDs.

      August 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Patti

    A lot of broken hearts, broken dreams and broken families. But not broken spirits – they believe in these warriors and in their sacrifice. I believe in them too.

    August 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla from another uneducated lemming here. How old it gets!!!

      August 10, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    Was the # 38 of US or is that including the Afghans?

    August 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    Oh and BTW... please use a real NAME next time...ti's irritating when some one just says HUH?

    August 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
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