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Service held for 2 Navy divers who died in Md.

Thursday - 3/14/2013, 6:21pm  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- The Navy is honoring two divers who died mysteriously during underwater operations at Aberdeen Proving Ground near Baltimore.

Their unit held a memorial service Thursday in Virginia Beach for Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher of Caldwell, Ohio, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris of Gladstone, Mo.

A spokesman says more than 400 people attended the service.

Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 Commander Michael Runkle says Reyher and Harris were heroes and extraordinary men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

They died Feb. 26, less than four weeks after a civilian diver perished in the same test pond.

The deaths at the so-called Super Pond have prompted five separate investigations by military and federal agencies.

The pond is used to test vessels and weapons.


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