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4/160th SOAR dedicates hangar to fallen pilot

Post by Scott Fontaine on Sep. 22, 2009 at 8:42 am |
September 22, 2009 8:43 am

The 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment named a new hangar last week at Fort Lewis after one of its regiment’s pilots killed in 2007, according to a Special Operations Command press release.

Chief Warrant Officer Hershel D. McCants was among eight people killed when his CH-47 Chinook crashed in Afghanistan on Feb. 18, 2007. McCants served at Fort Campbell, Ky., at the time but was stationed twice at Fort Lewis: as an engineer with 1st Special Forces Group and as a tactical operations officer and an aeromedical evacuation pilot with the 62nd Medical Brigade.

“CW3 Dan McCants was an amazingly courageous and strong man,” battalion commander Lt. Col. Michael Hertzendorf said in a release. “As every Soldier enters the hangar I hope they think of the value that men like Dan bring to our unit, Army and Nation.”

McCants’ mother called me earlier this month to talk about the dedication. She said Fort Lewis was among her son’s favorite places to be, and that he died doing what he loved.

“He always wanted to fly, and he was so thrilled when he got his job with the 160th SOAR,” she said. “We’re so proud of him. He’s our hero.”

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