The Pentagon has confirmed that a 27-year-old Navy Seal from western Michigan was among 11 people killed in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter in southern Afghanistan.
The crash happened Thursday northeast of Kandahar. The military says seven Americans and four Afghans died.
The crash happened during a firefight with insurgents, and the Taliban claim they shot down the helicopter.
Those killed include Petty Officer 2nd Class David J. Warsen of the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood. The pentagon says he was a special warfare operator assigned to a West Coast-based unit.
Warsen's family says he graduated from East Kentwood High School and was living in San Diego.
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