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A Watseka man has been identified as one of five soldiers who died in a helicopter crash November 12 in Sinai, Egypt. Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, of Watseka, was killed when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he was on crashed Thursday in Sinai, Egypt. Four other service members died in the incident, including Capt. Seth Vernon, 31, of Katy, Tex.; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, 34, of Fayetteville N. Car., Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, of Marlborough, Mass.; and Staff Sgt. Kyle Robert McKee, 35, of Painesville, Ohio. The United States Army announced the victims’ names Saturday. Two others - Sgt. Maj. Michaela Ticha, of the Czech Republic and Lt. Col. Sebastien Botta, of France - were confirmed as casualties by their respective governments. An unidentified U.S. service member was injured in the crash, but has not been identified. The soldier was medically evacuated to an Israeli hospital and was said to be in critical condition, according to media reports. According to social media, Sgt. Sherman attended Watseka Community High School. He joined the U.S. Army in 2015 and was a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter mechanic/ crew chief. Most recently, he and his wife, Kathleen, lived in Clarksville, Tenn. The soldiers, part of peacekeeping operations with the Multinational Force and Observers mission, were on a reconnaissance mission and crashed near the island of Tiran. The crash is under investigation. Mechanical failure is believed to have been the cause. Malicious activity does not appear to be involved, according to printed reports. About 700 troops are stationed in the area as part of a 35 -year-old peacekeeping mission, according to the Military Times. In recent months, troops in the area have assisted in operations against Islamic State group fighters, along with other regional security duties, the publication said.

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