San Simon, AZ Marine Helicopter Crash, Mar 1983
MARINES DIE IN CHOPPER CRASH.
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