Camp Lejeune, NC Helicopter Crash, Nov 1984


The injured, all members of B Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, and their conditions late Tuesday were:
Sgt. RANDY GOLDEN, 28, of Philadelphia, Pa., fair condition.
Lance Cpl. KENNETH JAMISON, 20, of Syracuse, N.Y., good.
Lance Cpl. MICHAEL WASHINGTON, 19, Tampa, Fla., good.
Pfc. ROBERT JOHNSON, 19, of Clermont, Pa., good.
Pfc. ANTHONY PISANI, 19, of Kingwood, Texas, good.
Pfc. JOHN REES, JR., 19, of Accokeek, Md., fair.
Pfc. LARRY D. HICKMAN, 20, of Chattanooga, Tenn., good.
Lance Cpl. JEFF STIDHAM, 20, of Wooster, Ohio, good.
1st Lt. THOMAS WEBER, 24, Denton, Md., good.
Lance Cpl. JEFF BALLARD, 20, Conroe, Texas, fair.
The eleventh injured serviceman, whose name has not been released, is in fair, officials said.
Maj. Anthony Rothfork, a Marine spokesman in Washington, said the helicopter crashed. But Lance Cpl. Greg Fedorev of New River Air Station just south of Camp Lejeune said he could not confirm that.
"There was a fire on board ... but as far as I know it hasn't been confirmed that there was a crash," said Fedorev.
Jack said military officials were calling the accident a "hard landing," but that it was not clear if the helicopter crashed.
"The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. while the craft was over 'Landing Zone Penguin' at Camp Lejeune," Fedorev said.
The helicopter was on a routine training mission in support of the 1st Battalion, 10th Marines, Jack said.
The occupants of another helicopter flying nearby radioed the air station about the fire, Ms. Stewart said.
Sgt. Ann Purcell of New River Air Station said the CH-53E commissioned in 1981 was the Marines newest and largest helicopter. Its capacity is 55 troops or 32,200 pounds, she said.

The Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania 1984-11-21


Kevin Kaiser is buried in

Kevin Kaiser is buried in Rochester NY.


Lcpl Kevin Bockrath Ground Guide
Pfc Dominic Ursini Driver
Pfc William Steele on Leave
these Marines were part of one of the Gun Crews that were being transported.

Bravo battery 1/10

Hey Wayne just found this on the net.don't know if you remember me.But I'll never forget that day.I think of ole Ken kaisersluton frequently.And SGT Tohill.My email is listed above drop me a line.

1st Bn 10th Marines Brovo Btry

I was just a young Marine with the unit. I looked up to Sgt Huntley. I learned more from him than any Marine. He never had a problem showing us how to do things better. I was a proud gun guide. It was my goal to bring our gun in at zero mils. Anthony W. Glass USMC ret.

19 nov 84 lz penquin crash

I was the co's driver that day i was on the advanced party that day. I had just been dropped by your fathers bird in a jeep. I was 100 feet away when he flew back into position with the first howitzer. I have pictures of the opetations that day. I was also one of the marines that tried to free the capt from his seat with ssgt nye. Contact. Me at 309 620 5858 or anyone their that day. Semper Fi

Scott McEneany

Hi..I just Googled Scott's name, and found this thread...I wasn't even aware that it existed...I was involved with Scott on and off for a few years before this tragedy..I was with him the weekend before he died when he came home on the fly (I believe that was meant to be by God)...I just visited his grave again 2 weeks ago...unspeakable tragedy for his family---anything at all that you remember about him, the accident, etc would be cherished..God bless you and keep you - Kelley


Hi Bob (Santa Cruz ) Hughes. The past few days I've been thinking about that awful day. One of my son's is leaving for boot camp next week, maybe that's why I'm thinking about that day. 19 Nov 1984. If I remember correctly, we were in a MCRES, Marine Combat Readiness Evaluation. The Morning of the drill was beautiful. What I remember is we had successfully performed our mission of moving the Guns from one landing zone to another, laying the Guns and being set up to fire. We made the time hacks no problem. Everybody seemed happy. We were all in good mood, eating our mre's then the word came down we were going to do it again. The weather had begun to change. It was a sunny morning but while we were eating it became overcast and windy. I believe it was Jeff Stidham who mentioned that we shouldn't be going back up with those winds. As we waited in defensive position's for the 53's to come in, Zulu order was given Guns 3 and 4 would go first. In the Morning we were in Alpha order Guns 1 and 2 went first.We were the last lift. As we were heading for the the landing zone I remember the 53 crew chief disconecting his safety lanyard and moving quickly to the window between Bob Hughes and Myself. We knew there was a problem. The Crew chief finally told us another 53 had crashed. We stayed in the air for another 10 or 15 minutes before we touched down. It might have been longer. We all wanted to land. As we got off the 53 we grabbed what ever equipment we had and ran to tree line. Bob you and I were carrying the tool box. I remember looking at the wreckage and seeing black smoke we were at least 300 yds away and I think most of us were in shock, couldn't believe it. The next day we went to the field to fire the 05's. Everybody was pissed, but every body did their job. We did what we were expected to do. Most of us went home for Thanksgiving the following day. Worst 96 ever. Semper Fi Dennis O'Connor Bravo 1/10

CH-53 mishap

I was in in HMH-464 when the Helicopter went was a sad day for HMH-464 ,,, Your Dad was a good pilot ,,it was a design fail that caused the mishap...

19 NOV 1984

I am the daughter of Capt Brian Jones. I can't explain why I haven't googled the crash before now, but I did today. I was 9 on that day and not a day has gone by that I don't wonder what happened. My mother has since passed, also. I would greatly appreciate any information that can be given. I think of everyone involved often and would like to thank the men on the ground and the survivors for their actions and service. I had no idea a thread like this existed. God Bless all of you and Semper Fi!

I just saw your post. I'll

I just saw your post. I'll call you tomorrow.