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Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 John M. Flynn

Died September 25, 2005 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

36, of Sparks, Nev.; assigned to the 113th Aviation Regiment, Nevada National Guard, Stead, Nev., killed Sept. 25 when his CH-47Chinook helicopter crashed southwest of Deh Chopan, Afghanistan.

Thousands say goodbye to slain Nevada soldier

Associated Press

SPARKS, Nev. — Family, friends, local and state officials and fellow soldiers crammed into a Sparks church to say farewell to Nevada Guardsman John Flynn.

The 36-year-old chief warrant officer and four others were killed Sept. 25 when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in southern Afghanistan.

About 1,000 people attended Monday’s funeral service at Summit Christian Church, where Flynn was remembered as a loving father, husband and friend and a dedicated soldier.

“It comforts my family to know John touched so many lives,” said his widow, Christine Flynn. “My children will not have the privilege of being raised by their father. But they will have his name.”

Flynn was a father of two, Hannah, 7, and Benjamin, 5.

He belonged to Company D, 113th Aviation Regiment headquartered at Reno Stead Airport. The unit was deployed to Afghanistan in March, supporting military operations there.

Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart, 35, of Fernley, the chief flight engineer on Flynn’s helicopter, also died in the crash.

A memorial service for Stewart is scheduled Wednesday at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Also killed in the crash were Warrant Officer Adrian B. Stump, 22, of Pendleton, Ore.; Sgt. Tane T. Baum, 30, of Pendleton and Sgt. Kenneth G. Ross, 24, of Peoria, Ariz.

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