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    Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, (31), Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, (34), Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, (27), Staff Sgt. Kyle Robert McKee, (35), Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, (23) killed in Egypt helicopter crash

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    The United States Army has identified the five American soldiers who were killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt on Thursday. The incident occurred during a peacekeeping mission for the Multinational Force and Observers, an international force that monitors the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement.

    Seven peacekeepers, including five Americans, were killed when one of its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed during a routine mission in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. An eighth peacekeeper, also an American, was badly injured.

    The deceased soldiers were identified Saturday as:

    Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, 31, from Katy, Texas
    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, 34, from Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, from Marlborough, Massachusetts
    Staff Sgt. Kyle Robert McKee, 35, from Painesville, Ohio
    Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, from Watseka, Illinois

    The MFO said a French peacekeeper and Czech member of the force were also killed. It did not release the names of the dead, pending notification of their families.

    The incident is under investigation, but it appears it may have been related to a mechanical issue, according to the army.

    "A full investigation of the cause of the crash, which appears to be mechanical in nature, has been launched," the force said on Thursday, thanking Egypt and Israel for their cooperation. The MFO previously said eight people, including six Americans, had died, but it later revised its numbers down.

    The MFO said the helicopter crashed during a routine mission near Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular Egyptian resort city on the Red Sea. It has not given a precise location of the crash or said whether the helicopter fell on land or crashed into the sea.

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    'He always made our day:' Family mourns Fayetteville native killed in Egypt helicopter crash

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    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- The body of the Fayetteville man killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Egypt last week has been returned to America.

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, 34, was one of the American peacekeepers killed in the crash. U.S. Army investigators said the crash was the result of a mechanical malfunction on their UH-60 helicopter.

    His body arrived back in the United States on Monday night. The dignified transfer ceremony took place at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

    The body of the Fayetteville man killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Egypt last week has been returned to America.

    In total, seven military members on a peacekeeping operation with the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt were killed in the crash. The incident is under investigation.

    The Israeli official said that five Americans were among the dead in the crash on Thursday in Sinai.

    Garza's family said he served in the military with honor and pride. He grew up in Fayetteville and was a 2005 graduate of Seventy-First High School. The soldier idolized his father who was stationed at Fort Bragg.

    "There's a lot of blood, sweat and tears from people who sacrifice their lives for the protection of this country," said Jesica Garza, his younger sister. "And the tears of their families."

    Fort Bragg was his first duty station after enlisting in the Army where he would become the Black Hawk pilot he always wanted to be as a kid.

    "My dad bought him a PC game for flying. He was on that all the time! All the time! That was what he liked to do," Jesica said.

    His uncle David Ramirez shared his favorite memory from four years ago. He said Garza surprised him in San Antonio flying this helicopter over his home while stationed at Fort Hood.

    "The neighbors came out. That's the way Dallas was. He wanted to have fun. He did that a lot of with our family. He always made our day," said Ramirez.

    Ramirez said Garza was slated to return to American soil in January.

    Much of his family lives in San Antonio, Texas, but a host of military friends turned family still live in the Fayetteville community. Garza leaves behind many friends and family including three children and a fianc?.

    "Now he's our angel in the sky. Every moment we got to share with him. I'll always remember that," said Ramirez.

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