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Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris

Died July 19, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


31, of West Monroe, La.; assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, based at Naval Base Norfolk, Va.; died July 19 in Oman when his helicopter crashed during a heavy lift operation. Also killed was Navy Senior Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis.

U.S. Navy: Two dead from Oman helicopter crash

The Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The death toll from a helicopter crash last week in the Arabian peninsula nation of Oman is two, the U.S. Navy said.

It said three other crewmembers aboard the downed MH-53E Sea Dragon survived Thursday's crash.

The Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet identified the deceased sailors late Saturday as Senior Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis, Mo., and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris, 31, of West Monroe, La.

The helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15, based in Norfolk, Va. It crashed 58 miles southwest of the Omani capital Muscat.

No hostile activity was suspected.

The Navy said it is investigating.

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