- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Two U.S. Marines with Nebraska ties were among the six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers killed last week in a helicopter crash in Nepal. On Sunday, the Defense Department identified all the Marines killed in Tuesday’s crash.

One of the pilots, Capt. Dustin Lukasiewicz, grew up in Wilcox, Nebraska, before joining the Marines.

Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug was working as a videographer onboard the flight delivering supplies to earthquake victims. Hug is an Arizona native, but several of his family members live in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

Nepalese soldiers recovered the bodies of the eight people who died in the helicopter crash on Saturday.

Lukasiewicz dreamed of becoming a pilot. The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/1LbDPNF ). Lukasiewicz graduated from Wilcox Hildreth High School in 2003 and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007.

“He wanted to fly,” Tony Kersten, his brother-in-law said Friday. “He loved aviation.”

Lukasiewicz lived with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter in Fallbrook, California, Ashley is pregnant and due to deliver another child in June. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Hug’s family members say he grew up wanting to be a Marine. He was a videographer based in Okinawa, Japan.

“Selfless, kind, always thinking of others, his siblings absolutely adored him,” said Stacy Rooker, Hug’s cousin.

Family members said they are proud of what Hug had done with his life.

“I feel so blessed and privileged to have been his father here on earth and to have that relationship with him,” Hug’s father Jim Hug said by phone from Phoenix. “I’ll cherish that every day for the rest of my life.”


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