Fathers, uncle of Marines killed in California helicopter crash speak out: 'Should not have happened'

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Two fathers and nan uncle of 3 of 5 Marines killed successful a chopper crash during a large wind successful Southern California this week are lamenting their deaths arsenic avoidable. 

"Maybe this is nan 1 lawsuit to wherever they aftermath nan f--- up and they say, ‘What are we doing to our work members? We’ve sewage to extremity this,'" Steven Langen, begetter of Sgt. Alec Langen, 23, told nan New York Post connected Saturday. 

Sgt. Alec Langen was serving arsenic unit main connected the CH-53E Super Stallion chopper erstwhile it collapsed successful nan mountains adjacent San Diego connected Tuesday night. 

Steven Langen called their deaths, "an each excessively acquainted communicative successful nan subject community."

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Bradford Moulton, whose nephew was Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27, said he wished nan men would person been kept "on nan ground" during nan "thousand-year storm" erstwhile they were flying from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar adjacent San Diego connected a regular training exercise.

"They’re Marines, they alert successful nasty weather, they do what they’re expected to do," he told nan Post, "but I judge wish nan operations serviceman would person kept them connected nan ground." Moulton was 1 of 2 pilots connected nan helicopter. 

Gregory Davis, a retired naval aviation serviceman and Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis’ begetter stated, "Not only did it not person to happen, it should not person happened." 

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Davis, 21, besides served arsenic a unit main connected nan helicopter. 

He added of his son, "He was truthful proud to beryllium a Marine, he loved his job, he loved what he did. "We’re proud of Donovan and everything he was capable to execute successful his short 21 years." 

Langen said nan only point his boy asked for connected his 17th day was to enlist successful nan Marines. "The adjacent point you know, (there’s) a sound astatine nan door. And there’s nan Marine recruiter that is opinionated there," he remembered. 

Moulton shared that Benjamin was wished connected his profession goals. "He was going to beryllium a Marine aviator nary matter what," he said. The 27-year-old was a aviator connected nan chopper on with Capt. Jack Casey, 26, who was besides killed successful nan crash. 

Capt. Miguel Nava, 28, was nan 5th unfortunate successful nan crash. 

"Miguel was nan kindest psyche you’d ever meet," a fundraising page for his family said of him. "His warmth, affirmative energy, and compassion will beryllium missed by each who were grateful to cognize him." 

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Lt. Col. Nicholas J. Harvey, commanding serviceman of nan Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361), said of nan 5 Marines aft nan crash: "We person been confronted pinch a calamity that is each work family’s worst fear. Our apical privilege now is supporting nan families of our fallen heroes, and we inquire for your respect and knowing arsenic they grieve. The Flying Tigers family stands beardown and includes nan friends and organization who person supported our squadron during this challenging time. We will get done this together."

The past known interaction pinch nan Super Stallion was astatine astir 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, erstwhile waves of downpours and snowfall were hitting the region during an "atmospheric river."

The CH-53E Super Stallion is nan largest chopper successful nan subject and is designed to alert done bad weather, moreover astatine night.

The origin of nan clang is presently nether investigation.

Davis enlisted successful nan Marine Corps connected Sept. 3, 2019, and was promoted to nan rank of Lance Corporal connected Jan. 1 of this year. His decorations see nan Global War connected Terrorism Service Medal, nan National Defense Service Medal and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Langen enlisted successful nan Marine Corps connected Sept. 14, 2017, and was promoted to nan rank of Sergeant connected Oct. 1, 2022. His decorations see nan Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War connected Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and 2 Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.

Moulton was commissioned into nan Marine Corps connected March 29, 2019, and was promoted to nan rank of Captain connected Aug. 1, 2023. His decorations see nan National Defense Service Medal.

Meanwhile, Casey was commissioned successful nan Marine Corps connected May 16, 2019, and was promoted to nan rank of Captain connected Sept. 1, 2023. His decorations see nan National Defense Service Medal.

Nava was commissioned into nan Marine Corps connected May 26, 2017, and was promoted to nan rank of Captain connected Nov. 1, 2021. His decorations see nan Global War connected Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

In December, a Marine was killed and 14 others injured successful a training clang astatine Camp Pendleton successful Southern California erstwhile a tactical conveyance rolled over. 

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Last November, five Army typical operations soldiers were killed successful a training "mishap" erstwhile their chopper collapsed into nan Mediterranean and 8 Air Force work members died successful an Osprey clang disconnected nan seashore of Japan erstwhile nan craft suffered a mechanical failure. 

The Osprey fleet has been grounded since nan clang arsenic nan Air Force weighs erstwhile it's safe to return to service. 

The Marines didn’t instantly respond to Fox News Digital’s Saturday evening petition for comment. 

Fox News Digital's Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.