Guard Crash Victims Identified


The two Mississippi National Guard soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Prentiss County Friday were based in Tupelo.  One was a member of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment. CWO-4 Bryan Andrew Zemek was a native of Oxford.   The second soldier was in Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 151st Lakota Medical Evacuation unit.  CWO-4 Derek Joshua Abbott was a native of Fulton.  Their AH-64 Apache helicopter was on a routine training flight when it crashed near Booneville.  An investigation is continuing.

CWO-4 Zemek                              CWO-4 Abbott

(Photos courtesy of the MS National Guard)

  1. Jo
    February 24, 2024 at 1:39 PM

    Praying for families of these men.

  2. Melba McLean
    Melba McLean
    February 26, 2024 at 10:23 AM

    I am so sorry for loss of these two precious men ! They gave their All,training to take care us and Our Country!! Prayers 🙏❤️💙🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸! Freedom does not come Free!!


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