Honoring Heroes

Fourteen Marine, Army and Navy warriors were killed on May 10, 1996 in the mid-air collision of a CH-46E ” (BuNo. 165436) and an AH-1W (BuNo. 161022) from Medium Helicopter Squadron 266 (HMM-266). They were operating off the USS Saipan (LHA-2) over North Carolina, doing a mock landing on shore during nighttime maneuvers.

The unit was participating in Operation Purple Star, a war game exercise involving 38,200 U.S. Forces and 15, 600 UK military troops. The incident occurred at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 2 Marines survived, the pilot and co-pilot of the Sea Knight (CH-46E). The aircraft came down in a muddy wooded area, tragically resulting in fatalities.

In Memory Of:

  • Maj. Michael D. Kuszewski, Westminster, Mass.
  • Capt. Scott T. Rice, Springfield, Mo.
  • 1st Lt. Joseph R. Fandrey, Norfolk, Mass.
  • 1st Lt. Arthur J. Schneider, Livingston, N.J.
  • Cpl. Brandon J. Tucker, Gaston, N.C.
  • Cpl. Brian L. Collins, Louisville, Ky.
  • Cpl. Britt T. Stacey, Roanoke, Va.
  • Cpl. Erik D. Kirkland, Lewisburg, Pa.
  • Lance Cpl. John P. Condello, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Lance Cpl. Jackie D. Chidester, Newark, Ohio
  • Lance Cpl. Jose L. Elizarraras, Orange, Calif.;
  • Lance Cpl. Jorge E. Malagon; Melrose Park, Ill.
  • Hospitalman Brent W. Garmon, New Bern, N.C. (US Navy)
  • Staff Sgt. Sean W. Carroll, Newburgh, N.Y. (US Army)

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