By Bad Seed
THREE HELMETS, three pairs of flight gloves and three sets of gold wings adorned a table at the front of Norfolk Naval Station's chapel Thursday, with pictures of three lieutenants: Ryan Betton, Cameron Hall and Jerry Smith.
The aviators died last week when their E-2 Hawkeye crashed at sea shortly after launching off the deck of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman. They were members of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120, based at Norfolk Naval Station.
More than 800 people packed the base chapel's pews and aisles for Thursday's memorial ceremony, and 700 more watched a live video feed in an adjacent building.
(Please visit ryanbetton.com to learn more about Ryan's life and to share your thoughts and prayers.)