CHAPEL HILL, Tenn. (WKRN) – The soldier killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland Monday has been identified as a native of Chapel Hill, Tennessee.
Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene on a golf course in Leonardtown, about 60 miles southeast of Washington around 1:30 p.m.
Two other servicemen were injured in the crash. Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas and Capt. Terikazu Onada remain in a Baltimore hospital in critical condition.
All three were assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The Army initially reported Tomlin was from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but issued a clarification early Wednesday morning.
Tomlin’s uncle Jamie was watching News 2 as we reported breaking news of the crash.
“I thought, you know, that’s where Jeremy is stationed at, but naw, that ain’t Jeremy, something like that, that ain’t Jeremy,” Jamie Tomlin said.
But it was him, and two hours later, two soldiers with the Army showed up at the home of Tomlin’s grandparents.
“Yeah, I pretty much knew what was going on when I seen the soldiers in the living room. I knew it was about Jeremy,” the uncle told News 2.
“It’s something we’re going to have to live with. We miss him. He was an outstanding young man. You couldn’t ask for a better person,” he added.
Tomlin is described as a quiet, shy, 22-year-old who enlisted in the Army the day after he graduated from Community High School. He got married right before being sent to Germany.
“Jeremy was Jeremy. There are no words to describe Jeremy. He loved his family, he loved what he did. He died doing what he loved,” Jamie Tomlin told News 2.
As expected, his entire family is taking his death really hard.
“Devastated by it. We didn’t think it would happen to him, but it did,” said Tomlin’s sister Kaitlyn. “We were always kind of scared whenever he decided to go into the Army, but we’re really proud of him.”
At the time of the crash, the UH-60 Black Hawks were conducting routine training, Army officials said. Only the one helicopter was involved and no one else was hurt.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.