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Friends remember Night Stalker killed in training incident

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The Blackhawk helicopter involved in a fatal hard landing on Hunter Army Airfield has now been moved.

That training incident killed Capt. Clayton Carpenter, a Night Stalker from the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment in Savannah. Two other Night Stalkers where injured.

Tuesday, friends, family and fellow soldiers attended a memorial service to honor Carpenter. This is still a very tough time for those who knew him, especially those in his company, who spend almost every minute of the day together.

Carpenter left a mark on his company and the entire 3rd battalion 160th, the Night Stalkers, who trained and befriended the young soldier. Carpenter was killed last week when his Blackhawk sustained a hard landing returning from a training exercise.

One of his fellow Night Stalkers told WTOC, Carpenter died doing what he loved the most, serving his country. He said the Army has lost a good man.

"He was a pure soul. His soul was pure," said Capt. Arturo Eusebio, an operations officer in the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and close friend of Carpenter. "He was one of those guys. He always did it right. Anything that he was doing. He always did it right. [He was] very proffessional, very well rounded individiual. Traveled. His lexicon was huge."

Carpenter was originally from New York where his parents still live, but there is one more special person in Carpenter's life. We learned that Carpenter had plans to propose to his girfreind sometime next week.

The funeral will be held Saturday at the family's church in New York.

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