Memorial Service

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Fort Carson Thursday honored the memories of four modest soldiers who excelled at a difficult and often unrecognized job.

The four were killed January 8 when the Medevac helicopter they were flying crashed near Fallujah, Iraq.

The soldiers remembered today were 22-year-old Sergeant Michael DiRaimondo, 26-year-old Specialist Christopher Golby, 31-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Philip Johnson, and 23-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Ian Manuel.

Also killed in the crash were five patients on board who were based elsewhere.

About 600 people sat in a hangar at Fort Carson airfield to memorialize the four, who were with the 571st Medical Company based at Fort Carson.

During the ceremony, three Medevac helicopters marked with red crosses flew by the hangar in the missing man formation.

Friends of the four said the loss was particularly hard because the small unit had lost three other soldiers in an earlier helicopter crash.