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Families mourn plane crash victims

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June 14, 2002

TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- The three Americans killed in a military plane crash this week were a patriotic father of five, an airplane enthusiast and a newlywed whose husband also served in Afghanistan.

Green Beret Master Sgt. Peter Tycz II of Tonawanda wrote his mother in an e-mail last fall: "I do what I do, not because I like it, but to ensure all of my family are safe from whatever treads on us."

Tycz, Air Force Staff Sgt. Anissa Ann Shero of Grafton, W.Va., and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean M. Corlew of Thousand Oaks, Calif., were killed Wednesday when an Air Force MC-130H crashed and caught fire after taking off from an airstrip in Afghanistan. Seven were injured.

Shero and Corlew were stationed at Hurlburt Field in Florida, Tycz in North Carolina.

Shero, 31, had married serviceman Nathan Shero in September. He recently returned from Afghanistan.

Shero's "grandfather was at the Battle of the Bulge," said her aunt, Glenda Knight. "Her dad was in Vietnam and lost both legs."

Corlew, 37, who served in Panama and the Gulf War, was fascinated with flying. He played with toy planes as a child and fueled airplanes at Los Angeles International Airport as a teenager, his father said. He joined the Air Force at 19.

"There were two things important to him: flying and his family," Richard Corlew said.

Tycz, 32, was raised in Tonawanda and joined the Army after high school. He was married and had five daughters.

His mother, Terry Harnden, said pride in her son was helping her to cope with her sorrow.

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