US Embassy to honour Marine chopper crash victims

KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu-based United States Embassy is organising a special function in the Capital this Friday to honour six US Marines killed in May 12 helicopter crash.

Six US Marines, two NA soldiers and five Nepali civilians were killed in the crash of UH-1 Huey helicopter in Dolakha district.

The plane had left Kathmandu for Dolakha to ferry people, injured in the magnitude-6.8 aftershock that struck the nation on May 12.

In an honour of the Marines’ sacrifice, the embassy will rename the Marine Security Guard Detachment Kathmandu’s Heritage Room to Vengeance Hall after the Huey’s call sign, “Vengeance 01,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.

“Each Marine will be immortalised for their contributions to the relief efforts in Nepal and their faithful service to the Marine Corps,” the statement said. “The Marine Corps will continue to honour the sacrifice of the Marines aboard ‘Vengeance 01’ by standing ready to respond with the same unwavering devotion to assisting allies and partner nations in their time of need.”

Brigadier General Tracy King, commander of 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, would attend the ceremony, joined by US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina Teplitz.