Marines from NJ, NY among 7 killed in helicopter crash near Florida

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP/PIX11) -- Military officials have released the names of the seven Special Forces Marines who died when the Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed off the coast of Florida Tuesday night.

Among the victims were Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III of Basking Ridge, New Jersey and Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn of Queens, New York.

Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III was born and raised in New Jersey, playing varsity lacrosse and participating in student government at Ridge High School.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 with a degree in Political Science.

Shaw served two tours in Iraq, first in 2007 as a Platoon Commander for 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, then again in 2009, as Weapons Platoon Commander, Alpha Company and Company Executive Officer.

During his highly decorated military career Shaw also served in Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.

Shaw was a recipient Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon with two stars.

Flynn was born in Reading, England and moved to Queens in July 2002.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in Oct. 2006 and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC after graduating from boot camp.

Flynn served three tours in Iraq. During his first assignment in 2007, he deployed with 2nd BN 8th MAR G. Co in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and again in 2009 and 2013 as a squad leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2012, Flynn was deployed to Afghanistan with the 2D Marine Special Operation Battalion, Hotel Company.

His decorations include (3) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Valor, the Bronze Star with Valor and Combat Action Ribbon.

Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Capt. Shaw

Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn and Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III

Officials have not determined what may have caused the helicopter to crash during an otherwise routine training mission at the Eglin Air Force Base.

The remaining marines were identified Friday as: Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders of Williamsburg, Virginia; Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock of Lake Orion, Michigan; Staff Sgt. Kerry Michael Kemp of Port Washington, Wisconsin; Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif of Holland, Michigan; and Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol from Warren, Michigan.

All those killed were from the 2nd Special Operations Battalion of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command.

Four soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard also died in the crash. Their names have not yet been released.

Crews search the Florida coastline for debris from a Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed 7 Marines and four soldiers.

Crews search the Florida coastline for debris from a Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed 7 Marines and four soldiers.

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