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Thousands attend memorial service for soldier killed in Black Hawk crash on same day body of another returns to Louisiana

Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Strother (Source: Louisiana Army National Guard) Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Strother (Source: Louisiana Army National Guard)
Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron (Source: Louisiana Army National Guard) Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron (Source: Louisiana Army National Guard)
ALEXANDRIA, LA (WAFB) -

A memorial service was held Wednesday for another Louisiana National Guardsman who died in a helicopter crash, while the body of a third returned to the state that same day.

Thousands of people gathered in Alexandria for a service to honor and remember Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Strother. Many of those who attended did not know Strother, but wanted to pay their respect to him for his service to the country.

Strother was one of the four Hammond-based soldiers killed when their Black Hawk crashed two weeks ago during a training exercise.

Strother will be laid to rest Thursday.

There were also heavy hearts in Hammond for a fallen hero, as the remains of Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, killed in that same crash, arrived in Louisiana with military honors.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held for Bergeron in Hammond on Monday.

The fourth guardsman, Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

All four soldiers were part of the 1-244th Air Assault Battalion out of Hammond.

Seven Marines based out of North Carolina were also killed in the crash.

The cause is still under investigation.

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