Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Silverman, a 35-year-old from Scottsdale, was one of six soldiers who died in a helicopter crash this week in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.
Silverman is the 49th Arizonan to die in Afghanistan under "Operation Enduring Freedom."
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"They died Dec. 17, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as a result of a helicopter crash," the DoD release says. "The incident is pending investigation."
According to a CNN report, the helicopter likely crashed from mechanical failure, but "two senior U.S. officials" said the soldiers may have survived the crash and been killed by enemy fire.
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Fifty-one Arizonans have died in "Operation Enduring Freedom," with 49 of the deaths in Afghanistan, where Pat Tillman was the first Arizonan killed back in April 2004.
Ninety-eight Arizona soldiers died during Operation Iraqi Freedom.