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Old 09-02-2017, 09:16 AM
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Missing U.S. Army soldier in Yemen crash declared dead
By Daniel Uria | Sept. 2, 2017 at 9:17 AM

The Department of Defense declared U.S. service member Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez dead after he went missing during a training incident on Aug. 25 in which a Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen.Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI | License Photo on site only)

The soldier, identified as Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez, was declared dead on Friday after his status had previously been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown.

Rivera-Lopez went missing when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed about 20 miles of the coast of Yemen during a training accident Aug. 25.

Five U.S. service members onboard the aircraft were rescued after the crash, but Rivera-Lopez remained missing.

The Army Times reported the 31-year-old Rivera-Lopez hailed from San Juan, P.R., and had been awarded nine commendations since joining the Army in July 2006.

Note: Thoughts & Prayers go out to the Family & Friends of Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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