Army declares Decatur soldier involved in helicopter crash dead

Courtesy: Sgt. Jeremy Odom(Sgt. Jeremy Odom)

HONOLULU (AP) — The Army has declared dead the final two soldiers missing after a Black Hawk helicopter with a crew of five crashed off Hawaii earlier this month.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Woeber of Decatur, Alabama, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen Cantrell of Wichita Falls, Texas, were both pilots. Their remains haven’t been found.

The 25th Infantry Division said Thursday that the change came after the Army’s adjutant general approved the results of an investigation into their personnel status.

The other three soldiers were declared dead last week after DNA analysis found evidence of their remains among crash debris.

Their helicopter went down off Oahu during nighttime training on Aug. 15.

Woeber, 41, had deployed to Afghanistan and Egypt.  Cantrell, 32, deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.