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Wash. Base Mourns Soldiers After Helicopters Crash

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RAINIER, Wash. - The parents of one of the four Army aviators killed when two helicopters crashed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord say their son was a veteran of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Silvia Buoniconti of Colorado Springs, Colo., tells The Colorado Springs Gazette that her son, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Frank Buoniconti III, was among those killed in Monday night's accident. She tells the newspaper her son was "a great guy" who followed his father into the military because "he felt it was the right thing to do."

Frank Buoniconti confirmed his son was among those killed but declined further comment to The Associated Press. The Army has not yet identified the dead pending full notification of relatives.

Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield says an investigative team from Fort Rucker, Ala., arrived Tuesday night in Seattle and plans to begin its investigation Wednesday.
      

      
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