LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) - More than 600 people jammed the high school football field in Lovelock Monday to pay their respects to one of five Navy crewmen killed when their helicopter crashed off the coast of California during a training mission.
Gov. Jim Gibbons also ordered flags to be flown at half staff Tuesday in honor of Crewman 3rd Class Sean M. Ward of Lovelock.
The 20-year-old Ward and four others were on a search-and-rescue training flight from the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier when it crashed May 19 into the Pacific Ocean southwest of San Diego. There were no survivors.
The U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard from Naval Air Station Fallon conducted a 21-gun salute followed by taps during the hour-long ceremony.
Three SH-60 Seahawk helicopters from Fallon flew over the field with one helicopter peeling away from the others to symbolize the missing man.
Ward was a quarterback who led the Pershing County High School Mustangs of Lovelock to a state title in 2005. He attended elementary school in Fallon.
His football coach Dave McLean says Ward had passion for everything he did.
Tim Wuth of Fallon says he had a smile on his face and everyone loved him, even in sixth grade.
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.