‘Ben was always in the front’: UW graduate among marines killed in helicopter crash

A University of Washington graduate was among the five marines killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California this week.

Captain Benjamin Moulton, 27, was a pilot onboard CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. The chopper was traveling from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California for “routine flight training.”

It went missing on Tuesday and was found the Wednesday 45 miles east of San Diego.

“It was the most dangerous version of piloting that he could have found,” said Russell Crandall from the Emerald City Boxing Gym. “That’s what he wanted to do.”

Crandall was Moulton’s coach on the UW boxing

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