Hugo Sailor Dies During Training Mission

10-6-05 - A sailor from Oklahoma has died during a training mission in the Central Arabian Gulf.

The Department of Defense says Navy Petty Officer Second Class Brian Joplin died after falling from a Navy helicopter during the mission that was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 32-year-old Joplin was born and raised in Hugo and was assigned to the Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 based in Corpus Christi, Texas.

His aunt, Gin Young of Hugo, says Joplin was living in Corpus Christi and is survived by his wife and two children.