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Helicopter crash kills soldier with ties to Vermont

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A service member with ties to Vermont has been killed in Afghanistan.

A Blackhawk helicopter went down Monday in the vicinity of Daman, Kandahar Province, killing all five people on board, including Army Specialist Zachary Shannon, 21, of Dunedin, Fla. Shannon's father lives in Guildhall, Vt. His grandfather also lives in Vermont.

Officials say the crash was not related to enemy activities.

Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, Vermont's adjutant general, said, "On behalf of the entire Vermont National Guard I offer our condolences to the family and friends of Spc. Shannon and honor his courage and sacrifice. The family of Spc. Shannon will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Shannon was assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 3d Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Military officials say Monday was the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year. Along with the helicopter crash, two other Americans were killed in a separate incident.

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