Incident Date 901008 HMM-164 UH-1N - BuNo 160178 - and HMM-164 UH-1N - BuNo 160622 - Night Vision Goggle training over north Arabian Sea
[CREW] Adams, Thomas R. L/Cpl Crew HMM-164 ARG/13thMEU SOC 901008 Cronin Jr, William D. Capt Pilot HMM-164 ARG/13thMEU SOC 901008 Dillon, Gary S. Capt Pilot HMM-164 ARG/13thMEU SOC 901008 Dolvin, Kevin R. Capt Pilot HMM-164 ARG/13thMEU SOC 901008 Hurley, William J. Capt Pilot HMM-164 ARG/13thMEU SOC 901008 Keller, Kenneth T. Sgt Crew HMM-164 ARG/13thMEU SOC 901008 Kilkus, John R. Sgt Crew HMM-164 ARG/13thMEU SOC 901008 Romei, Timothy W. Cpl Crew HMM-164 ARG/13thMEU SOC 901008
At approximately 0415 on 8 October 1990, two UH-1N helicopters from HMM-164 launched from the USS OKINAWA for an "at sea NVG [Night Vision Goggle] training operation" off the coast of Oman [North Arabian Sea]. At approximately 0513 the two helicopters disappeared from radar and failed to respond to radio calls. Observers on the flight deck saw a ball of fire dropping into the sea. Search efforts recovered very little wreckage and no sign of aircrew. All were declared missing at sea. The eight men aboard were considered the first casualties of Operation Desert Shield. The eight aircrew were:
This is a poem I wrote last month. I have never forgotten. If I could somehow get on a boat and find the place, I would lay a wreath on the ocean for them. If I could somehow steer a submarine to the earth's surface far below I would scour the sand for signs of life, and bring them back. All of them. Semper Fi.
I ALMOST CRIED TODAY
I almost cried today, thinking of a friend I know
¬† ¬† ¬†Who will never know what I was thinking unless
I tell him. But it was so very long ago...
¬† ¬† ¬†And why? He wasn't at that address
When they silently died, profoundly ready to go
¬† ¬† ¬†To a place that most knew little of, and some less.
Soon it will be twenty-two years he does not know
¬† ¬† ¬†Of the rocking of the ship and the yawning witness
Who saw just a ball of flame in the pre-dawn hour
¬† ¬† ¬†Between sunlight and moon, starlight and sea
In the fading half-world of young men's power.
¬† ¬† ¬†And then they were gone, the bridge
Searching waves, the water closing quietly
¬† ¬† ¬†Over smiles and pride,¬†victory's sweet and sour.
And I? I simply counted their leftover dollars below decks
Yes, I¬†changed them all back into government checks¬†
For the loved ones at home, missing loved ones' strong necks...
All was done in the space of an hour, all eight,
All were done in much less than an hour.
YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN MY BROTHERS SEMPER FI. Submitted by Joseph Archuleta, Hospital Corpsman with HMM-164
This is just to inform you that my dad was from Stark County, Ohio, not DuBose, Illinois. I believe you just switched the counties of my dad and Capt. Dillon. I currently am an Officer Candidate in the Corps and am looking forward to following in my family's tradition with the Marine Corps.
Carry On, Marine!
SAEPE EXPERTUS, SEMPER FIDELIS, FRATRES AETERNI
Popasmoke Admin Submitted by Andrew Dolvin, Son of Capt. Kevin R. Dolvin
Thank you gentlemn and women who serve! This gives me great comfort to know that John will not be forgotten by his brothers! I honor all service people and have great respect you all. If there has been any more information regarding this, please feel free to email me.
Thank you for all you do. Submitted by Pat Callahan, step mom
I personally served with each of these men and have never forgotten each of them. LCPL Adams I, toured Hong Kong together a few weeks before this occurred.
They will never be forgotten and Thanks for the tribute. Semper Fi.