San Simon, AZ Marine Helicopter Crash, Mar 1983


San Simon, Ariz. (AP) -- The Marine Corps has identified six Marines, including one from the Upper Peninsula, killed when their helicopter crashed near this southeastern Arizona community while on a flight from North Carolina to maneuvers in California.
A seventh Marine, identified Monday as 1st Lt. ANTHONY HERROD, 23, of Crownsville, Md., was hospitalized at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson with severe burns.
The CH-53 helicopter from the Marine Corps Air Station in New River, N.C., crashed Sunday night en route to Yuma Marine Corps Air Station for an overnight stop, said Lt. Robert Ross, spokesman for the Yuma base.
Spokesmen at the North Carolina base identified the dead as:
Maj. HARTLEY R. DAVIS, 33, of Port Jefferson, N.Y.
1st Lt. PAUL D. FRIEDRICH, 26, of Richton Park, Ill.
Sgt. RICHARD A. HALIBURTON, 22, of Chaplin, Minn.
Lance Cpl. DAVID E. MACHALK, 22, of Daggett in Menominee County, Mich.
Sgt. KENNETH H. POWELL, JR., 25, of Howard City in Montcalm County, Mich.
Cpl. CHRISTOPHER A. COBB, 23, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
"There were seven persons on board and they were getting ready to participate in a combined arms exercise (at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center) in Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif.," said public affairs officer Master Sgt. Gary Mosley.
The helicopter came down in rugged country some 12 miles east of here about 6 p.m. Sunday.
Ross said the helicopter crew had spent Saturday night in El Paso and had planned to spend Sunday night at the Yuma base.
He said the caue of the crash was under investigation. Marine spokesmen said it would be at least three or four days before the reason for the accident could be determined.

Ironwood Daily Globe Michigan 1983-03-29


Sgt Kenneth Powell

your husband's dad was a great man and my friend

Sgt Kenneth Powell

I do not have a lot of information, but Ken was one of the best Marines I knew. I did the Memorial service for him at MCAS New River. All of us in the Avionics shop at HMH-362 liked and respected him. I remember meeting some small children of his and his wife (Jamie?). Are you one of the kids?

I flew out to the crash site

I flew out to the crash site a few days after the accident as a passenger on a UH-1. As I recall, the recovery team was burying a lot of the wreckage. If you can find the lat/long of the crash site you'll probably pieces of the wreckage. I thought that was odd that they didn't recover all the pieces.

If anyone has any information

If anyone has any information on this accident or on Sgt Kenneth Powell Jr
I would greatly appreciate it


They spent the night at Fort Hauchuca AZ. They brought their M60s and M2s to the 512th MP barracks as we had the only 24 hour arms room on post. We ate pizza with them at the Cactus Canteen... We flew out the the crash, the next evening to pull security. We had so much respect for these Marines...

His name was Kenneth Powell

His name was Kenneth Powell jr.

His name was Kenneth Powell

His name was Kenneth Powell Jr. My husband was only 10 months old when this happen.


I was wondering who was the marine you were inquiring about.
I lost a good friend and fellow marine in this crash.

Thank you, I was trying to

Thank you, I was trying to find articles on this crash. My husband dad is one of the marines that died in this crash.