Camp Lejeune, NC Helicopter Crash, Nov 1984

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SIX MARINES DIE IN COPTER CRASH.

Camp Lejeune, N.C. (AP) -- It will take four to six months to determine what caused on on the Marines' newest and largest helicopters to burst into flames and crash, killing six servicemen and injuring 11 others, including two from Pennsylvania, a Marine spokesman said.
Capt. Dave Winston, aviation safety officer for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, said it would take four to six months to determine what caused the fire and crash of the CH-53E Super Stallion Monday afternoon.
Seventeen soldiers were aboard the huge helicopter when it caught fire and hit the ground Monday afternoon while lifting a heavy artilery piece, a 155mm howitzer.
Rescuers found three of the dead Monday and the other three Tuesday morning, said Capt. Norma Stewart of New River Air Station.
The burned and mangled wreckage was surrounded by guards Tuesday. The helicopter was broken in two, with the rear section twisted and one engine lying on the ground. The rotors were snapped off.
Bits of burned debris were scattered around the flat landing zone, and the howitzer the helicopter was lifting sat upright, but tilted.
Camp Lejeune spokesman Capt. Craig Fisher said some of the 11 injured suffered bruised internal organs, but "most are fractured bones, arms and legs. People are in serious condition, but the prognosis is good."
Five of the six dead were identified as:
BRIAN R. JONES, 32, of Harlan, Iowa.
Lance Cpl. SCOTT A. McENEANY, 23, of Fairport, N.Y.
Pfc. KEVIN J. KAISER, 19, of Kenmore, N.Y.
Cpl. RICKY C. WILLIAMS, 23, of Sumter, S.C.
Lance Cpl. DAVID D. WELLS, 22, of Salem, Ind.
Fisher later said WILLIAMS and WELLS were listed as presumed dead because no positive identification had been made.
JONES was identified as the helicopter pilot and McENEANY as a member of the flight crew. The others were members of B Battery, 1st Battaliion, 10th Marine Regiment.
The injured Marines were taken to the U.S. Naval Hospital on base, Lt. S. B. Jack said.

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Just take a moment......

With it only a day away from the Marine Corp birthday and two days from Veterans day 2012, I would like to invite all my Marine Corp brothers to take a moment and remember our friends that died on Nov 19, 1984. I would also like to thank my brothers of Bravo 1/10 that pulled me and the others out of the helo that day. Hardly a day goes by that I dont think about the good friends I lost but also about all the great guys I served with. Semper Fi! L/Cpl Robert Johnson

I WAS SUPPOSSED TO BE ON THAT HELO

I was CPL FALCON back then. I had just come back off of leave Sunday night. I had one more day of leave left, But I was going to still go because I had promised the PLT SGT, SSGT WILHELM, That I would go, Due to it being my gun (M114A2-THE PIG) and section. Monday morning, Around 0500, I heard a voice behind my rack say "DON'T GO!". I jumped up and looked around and didn't see anybody. I went to SSGT Wilhelm and told him I was'nt going, I had one more day of leave left. He got pissed, but I told him i didn't feel right and he said not a problem. I went to JVille mall for a bit and when I got back, People were running around crying and stunned. I asked what happened and they told me that a Helo went down and burned. I felt a chill go thru my body and I had to sit down because I was shaking.....We lost (4) Damn good Marines that day: SGT TOHILL, CPL DAVIS, LCPL WELLS AND PFC KAISER!!! Plus the ones who survived that horrific crash from nasty burns, concussions, and just plain broken bodies!!! To this day, I have them burnt in my mind and realize that I could have been on that damn Helo!!!!! "REST IN PEACE MY BROTHERS" BRAVO BATTERY 1/10!!!

RE Kenny Kaiser

My husband was on the helicopter that day (Robert Johnson) and has always talked about Kenny Kaiser and I have been trying to find his gravesite and having no luck at all. Please email me if you can help! Thank you !

your loss is remembered

I was on my way to 29 Palms , 1st time I was informed about the crash, I drink to their their friendship, was the best group of Marines I ever served with.

I'm the Co-Pilot that survived

Semper Fi! It was an M-198 howitzer I was with HMH-464. I separated the 198 mm howitzer from the main pendant and shut off the engines. I was injured, but returned to duty and served out my obiligated service. To my fellow survivors of this class A mishap, I would like to know that you are doing okay. To the family left behind when this mishap took 6 Marines, I wish for you as much peace as you need. I can vouch for the actions of Capt. Brain Jones as well as the Crew Chief, LCPL McEneany. We all did the best we could in a horrible situation.

I went on leave 14 hours

I went on leave 14 hours before the Crash
after Twenty something years I fineally realized that after the crash was when I started drinking

B Btry 10MAR

I was there that day too, will never forget it... I don't see my friend who died that day Ken Kaiser.

MISSED NAME FROM THE LIST.

THEY LEFT OFF SGT. TOHILL'S NAME . HE BURNED ALIVE IN THE CRASH AS WELL. I WAS IN BRAVO BTRY AT THE TIME.

I AM A FRIEND .I WAS THERE .WE RESCUE OUR BROTHERS

HELLO TO MY BROTHERS. MY NAME IS NORBERTO MORALES I WAS THERE.I AM THE RECIPIENT OF A PIECE OF A METAL FOR HERO .I LOST MY BROTHERS.MY FRIENDS CALL ME CHICO OR MORALES.E-3 USMC.PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL.