Two Black Hawks Collide Illinois Soldiers Killed in Copter Crash

Nov 17, 2003 7:50 am US/Central CHICAGO (AP) The 26-year-old soldier from Illinois who was killed over the weekend in the helicopter crash in Iraq was proud to serve in the military.

Specialist John R. Sullivan's wife, Katrina, says her husband had never met his twin sons who were born on September tenth. Sullivan was from Countryside, Illinois, but lived in western Washington.

Family members say 30-year-old Specialist William D. Dusenbery, who also died in the crash, was devoted to flying.

Dusenbery was from Fairview Heights and went by his middle name "Dave." He was a crewman with the Fourth Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and had hoped to become a pilot.

The U.S. military is investigating whether insurgent ground fire caused the crash in which the Black Hawk helicopters went down in Mosul, which is Iraq's third-largest city.

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