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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 706-94
December 19, 1994

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ISSUES STATEMENT ON DEATH OF U.S.

HELICOPTER PILOT

Secretary of Defense Will J. Perry issued the following statement today following the death of a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in North Korea yesterday:

I was deeply sorry to learn of Chief Warrant Officer David Hilemon's death after his helicopter was downed in North Korea. Warrant Officer Hilemon was a true patriot who served his country with professionalism and dedication. The Hilemon family is in my thoughts and prayers.

The United States is working to secure the prompt return of his body, along with the release of Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Hall, who is alive.

The Defense Department has launched a full investigation of the circumstances that led to this tragic loss on a routine training flight. Results will be reported as this investigation reaches its conclusion.

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