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.
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.