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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