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By Vickie Speek
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LDS Marine Survives Afghan Crash

SIX MILE, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Roseanne Sullivan felt uneasy and couldn't sleep Saturday night. When she turned on the television at 4 a.m. Sunday she heard about a U. S. helicopter that had crashed in Afghanistan. Sullivan's 24-year-old son, Stephen, a U.S. Marine Corps corporal, is a helicopter crew chief in action in Afghanistan.

Breaking news said the chopper was a CHE-53E Super Stallion, the kind of helicopter Stephen flew in. Two men were dead and five were injured. Sullivan couldn't get rid of her worry. She was just leaving for church at her LDS ward building when three Marines knocked at her door. The Marines told her Stephen was on the doomed chopper but was alive,

"That was as much information as they were able to give us," his mother said. "He was alive." Stephen Sullivan's wife, Penny, learned about the crash from Marines who came to her home in San Diego, where her husband's unit is based. "I just asked if he was dead. I just wanted to know right away," said the 24-year-old military wife, who has two young daughters and a third child due in July. "They said no, and the relief was just great."

She spoke to her husband by telephone the next day. "Our hearts are going out to those who aren't going to make it home," the young wife said. Stephen Sullivan's injuries don't appear to be life threatening. He had surgery for a broken leg.


"Your son's OK," Marines tell Six Mile family after crash
Greenville SC News 21Jan02 P2
By Anna Simon: Clemson Bureau


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