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Obama salutes Marines in crashed helicopter in Nepal

Nepalese army soldiers prepare to leave for a rescue mission to the site where the suspected wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter, that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, was spotted, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, May 15, 2015. Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of the chopper that was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers. The U.S. Marines said they were sending their own rescue team to assess the wreckage and determine if it was the missing helicopter, the UH-1 "Huey." (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expressing condolences to the families of six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers who were in a helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in an earthquake-ravaged region of Nepal.

Obama says the Marines “represent a truth that guides our work around the world: When our friends are in need, America helps.”

Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of the Marine helicopter. The craft had disappeared earlier this week, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

Obama addressed the crash victims during remarks at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol.

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