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Mother Shares Memories of Lt. Jonathan Shively, Pilot Killed in McEntire Helicopter Accident

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The pilot killed Sunday in a helicopter crash at McEntire Joint National Guard Base was also a computer programmer, working on his master's degree and planning his wedding.

Tuesday, News19 spoke to Fay Shively, mother of Lt. Jonathan Shively, who died Sunday when his AH-64 Apache helicopter rolled over while taxiing in from training. Ms. Shively says her son was proud to serve his country.

She shared the pictures that accompany this article, and remembered Lt. Shively this way: "Jonathan Jesse Shively was born Feb. 2, 1977 in San Diego, Ca. He was the youngest of four children. He moved to Jamestown, SC at the age of 11. His mother, Fay Shively, still lives in Jamestown. His father, John Shively, resides in W. Shokaw, NY.

Jonathan's San Diego birth helps to explain why he was a San Diego Chargers fan. He also loved the Clemson Tigers, although he himself graduated from Charleston Southern University. He loved Star Wars and almost any type of game or gaming system. Jonathan was currently working on his MBA from Charleston Southern University. He was a computer programmer for Computer Science Corporation in Blythewood, who was very proud of his position in the SC National Guard.

Jonathan, like his brother, SSG Walter (Wally) Matkovich, currently serving in Afganistan, felt honored to serve and protect his country as a member of the National Guard; he had thought of working for the Guard full time. Jonathan trained with the Army to fly helicopters and met his fiancée, Diana Cotter, in Enterprise, Alabama. Diana recently moved to SC, attained a position as a Social Worker, and she and Jonathan set their marriage date, Oct. 2."

There is still no word on what caused the accident. An investigative team from Fort Rucker, Alabama is now at McEntire and will compile more information. The initial investigation is expected to take 7 to 10 days to complete. The other pilot involved, Warrant Officer Roger Carpenter, was injured, but is expected to recover.

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