27 Jan 2005

Worst loss for Pacific-based troops in Iraq war

5:43 pm on 27 January 2005

US military officials say 27 of the 31 marines killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq were from Hawaii.

The crash is the worst loss suffered by Pacific-based troops since the invasion of Iraq.

It brings to 79 the number of people from the US state killed in the conflict.

Honolulu journalist Kayla Rosenfeld reports.

"We have several training facilities here, there's the Schofield Barracks for one and there's the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, so many of the US soldiers are trained here in Hawaii, and Hawaii is actually a strategic location, because of where it is on the map, we're halfway between East and West. It's a very patriotic state, and generally the public supports them fighting there."