Brothers (& Sisters) Killed in Action in USMC Helicopters or while assigned to USMC Helicopter Squadrons in TRAINING LOSS - PREPARATION FOR COMBAT
840720 HMH-772 TRAINING LOSS - PREPARATION FOR COMBAT
Incident Date 840720 HMH-772 CH-53D - BuNo unknown - Landing aboard amphibious landing ship USS Guam
[CREW] Kolber Jr., Frank LtCol Pilot HMH-772 840720 Mayo, Jacques R LCpl Crew HMH-772 840720 McKinlay, Kenneth A. Cpl Crew HMH-772 840720 Riccardi, Joachim G Sgt Crew HMH-772 840720
Morehead City, NC (Off Shore) Helicopter Crash, July 1984
HELICOPTER CRASH KILLS FOUR MARINES.
Norfolk, Va. (UPI) -- A "Sea Stallion" cargo helicopter on a training exercise crashed on the deck of the amphibious landing ship USS Guam and burst into flames, killing four Marines and injuring 11 others, the Navy said.
The helicopter smashed onto the deck of the 552-foot vessel yesterday and burnt during amphibious maneuvers by a Pennsylvania Marine reserve squadron -- less than two months after a fiery crash aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz killed 14 people.
All four Marines killed in the accident were aboard the helicopter, said Cmdr. Mike Cherry.
Four other Marines aboard the helicopter were injured, said Chief Kathleen Cote, another Navy spokesperson. They were flown to Camp Lejeune, N.C. for treatment.
The dead were:
Lt. Col. FRANK KOLBER, JR., of Perkasie, Pa.
Sgt. JOACHIM G. RICCARDI, 24, of Philadelphia.
Cpl. KENNETH A. McKINLAY, 20, of Secame, Pa.
Lance Cpl. JACQUES R. MAYO, 25, of Philadelphia.
The injured were:
Lt. Col. KENNETH J. KELLY, 41, of Huntington Bay, N.Y.
Capt. ROBERT J. BROWN, 35, of Philadelphia.
Capt. STEPHEN T. FISHER, 32, of Silver Spring, Md.
Lance Cpl. RUBEN DELGADO, 21, of Philadelphia.
The crash destroyed the helicopter that was landing on the Guam as part of the exercise by Marines from reserve squadron HMH-772 of Willow Grove, Pa. Another helicopter sitting on the ship's deck was damaged in the accident, Navy officials said today.
Initial reports indicated the Guam, which carries a crew of 550 and up to 30 helicopters, suffered minor damage, Cherry said. He said crewmen were able to extinguish the fire that resulted from the crash in about 10 minutes.
The accident occurred at 5:25 p.m. yesterday while the Guam, which is home ported in Norfolk, was on maneuvers 35 miles southeast of Morehead City, N.C. The spokesman said the Guam left Norfolk on Saturday and was scheduled to return to homeport on Thursday, July 23.
Source: Syracuse Herald-Journal, Syracuse, New York, 1984-07-20
Posted July 8th, 2010 by Stu Beitler