Earlier this month, the Marine Corps announced that they were honoring the crew of Vengeance 01, the Huey helicopter that crashed in Nepal on an aid mission. The six Marines on board were delivering supplies to Nepal after it was devastated by a massive earthquake. Over 8,000 people were killed, and many more were left homeless. Unfortunately, all six of the Marines on board were killed in the crash, as well as two Nepalese soldiers. The Marine Corps announced that the Marine Security Guard’s Heritage Room at the United States Embassy in Nepal was renamed Vengeance Hall in remembrance of the Marines, where plaques were hung with the name and photo of each Marine on board.
Alaina Teplitz, the United States ambassador to Nepal, spoke at the dedication, saying, “This room, in the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu’s Marine House, will serve as a sanctuary for their memory. They will forever be remembered and honored, and they will hold a special place in the history of the Marine Corps and of the United States’ partnership with Nepal.”
One of the Marines on board was Cpl. Sara Medina, who served as a combat photographer and was working hard to provide the world with images of the disaster and of the humanitarian response. Now, the Marine Corps has released the photos she took from their very last mission, shown in this haunting video. This is the first time the public has ever been able to see the photos, and they are bittersweet indeed.