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U.S. Active Duty Military "Non-Hostile" Deaths
 1970-present (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force)
 With a Place of Casualty in North or South Korea

 

This listing is not in alphabetical order. Each listing shows Branch of Service, Date of Casualty, and City/Home of Record. All deaths were declared "non-hostile."  To add information to this page contact Lynnita.  Families and friends of these casualties are especially welcome to add memories and information about their loved ones.

[Source (1979-1997) = Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations & Reports.  Source (Pre-1979) = Contributors to the KWE website and KWE research.  Source (1998-present) KWE research on internet resources.]


Table of Contents:

  • 1970-71 casualties
  • 1972-73 casualties
  • 1974-75 casualties
  • 1976-77 casualties
  • 1978-79 casualties
  • 1980-81 casualties
  • 1982-83 casualties
  • 1984-85 casualties
  • 1986-87 casualties
  • 1988-89 casualties
  • 1990-91 casualties
  • 1992-93 casualties
  • 1994-95 casualties
  • 1996-97 casualties
  • 1998-99 casualties
  • 2000-01 casualties
  • 2002-03 casualties
  • 2004-05 casualties
  • 2006-07 casualties
  • 2008-09 casualties
  • 2010-11 casualties
  • 2012-13 casualties
  • 2014-16 casualties
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1970-71 Casualties

1970

1971


1972-73 Casualties

1972

1973

  • A.F. - Koecher, SSgt. Robert P.  22 Oct 73.  From the the PJs in Vietnam website, "On October 22, 1973 SSgt Robert P. Koecher, a PJ assigned to Detachment 13, 41 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing Osan Air Base, Korea was killed when his HH-3E helicopter crashed at night into a mountain near Osan. Also on this helicopter were the pilot LtCol Joseph Mudd, co-pilot 2nd Lt. Larry Thorson, and FE SSgt Jerry Sorentino. The crew was conducting a routine night training sortie. The entire crew were decorated Vietnam War combat veterans."  Also from the PJs in Vietnam website: "Below is an excerpt from the book “Pararescue – 50 Years” page 142. 9 Nov 68 - Udorn RTAFB, Thailand. 40th ARRS pararescueman Robert Koecher aids the successful recovery of an injured fighter pilot by manning an automatic rifle in the exposed helicopter door and supplying suppressive fire at enemy gun positions. His defensive instincts are so keen he is able to anticipate nearly every enemy move. His actions bring a successful conclusion to the mission, and he is awarded the DFC. Three months later, he earns the first OLC to his DFC for again providing uncanny suppressive fire power from an exposed gun position during the rescue of an airman deep in hostile territory. He receives an Air Medal for participating in sustained combat missions from 24 August 1968 to 25 November 1968."  See also * in this section.
  • A.F. - Mudd, LtCol. Joseph Francis.  22 Oct 73.  He was a member of Detachment 13, 41st ARRW at the time of his death.  His HH-3E helicopter crashed at night into a mountain near Osan. The crew was conducting a routine night training sortie. The entire crew were decorated Vietnam War combat veterans.  Born January 30, 1932 in Dearborn, Michigan, Colonel Mudd was survived by his wife Rosemary, as well as eight children--Joseph Jr., Timothy, Thomas, Stephen, Samuel A., Michael, Lisa and Laurie.  He was the son of Dr. Richard Dyer Mudd and Rose Marie Krummack Mudd, and the brother of Mary, Richard, Johanna, Rose Marie, Stella, and Thomas B. Mudd.
  • A.F. - Sorentino, SSgt. Jerry.  22 Oct 73.  He was a member of Detachment 13, 41st ARRW at the time of his death. His HH-3E helicopter crashed at night into a mountain near Osan. The crew was conducting a routine night training sortie. The entire crew were decorated Vietnam War combat veterans.
  • A.F. - Thorson, 2Lt. Larry D. 22 Oct 73.  He was a member of Detachment 13, 41st ARRW at the time of his death. His HH-3E helicopter crashed at night into a mountain near Osan. The crew was conducting a routine night training sortie. The entire crew were decorated Vietnam War combat veterans.

1974-75 Casualties

1974

  • Army - Harold Ray Stout 01 Sept 1974.  Born November 21, 1945 in Texarkana, Miller County, Texas, Stout was serving in the 560th Medical Ambulance Company's motor pool when he was electrocuted while taking down a television antenna.  He is buried in Chaplewood Cemetery, Bowie County, Texas.  According to his brother, "Harold Ray Stout E-6 Staff Sergeant US Army Seoul Korea. He was removing $12 TV Antenna we were told and it was touching a 440 volt line and it electrocuted him. He was always cautious, so we did not believe this lie. No military investigation ever took place. He was drafted March 30, 1968. Served three tours in DaNang Vietnam. Saved 17 citizens, received Army Commendation for Valor. He was the 11th and last born child of W. C. and Alice L. Stout parents. He was born November 21, 1945."
  • Navy - Ballinger, Commander Robert M. 20 Nov 1974.  Born July 28, 1933, Commander Ballinger was killed by a dynamite explosion during investigation of a tunnel built by North Koreans in the southern portion of the DMZ.  Also killed was ROKMC Major Kim Hak Chul.  Five American soldiers and one ROK serviceman were also injured in the blast.  Commander Ballinger was a graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1955.  He received a Silver Star in the Vietnam War while serving as Advisor to the 21st River Assault Group, Vietnamese Navy.

1975


1976-77 Casualties

1976

1977

  • Army - CWO Guy E. Jr. 02/02/1977 - Died when the Chinook helicopter he was in crashed and burned about 20 miles southeast of Pyongtaek after hitting a high voltage cable in the fog.  The helicopter was flying from Camp Humphreys to Camp Ames with two other helicopters when dense fog and rain prevented them from landing at Ames.  The crash occurred at approximately 0730 hours.
  • Army - Dostal, Capt. Edward A. 03/02/1977 - Died when the Chinook helicopter he was in crashed and burned about 20 miles southeast of Pyongtaek after hitting a high voltage cable in the fog.  The helicopter was flying from Camp Humphreys to Camp Ames with two other helicopters when dense fog and rain prevented them from landing at Ames.  The crash occurred at approximately 0730 hours.  Captain Dostal, age 26, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dostal.  He is buried in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, rural Clutier.
  • Army - Morgan, SP6 Granville W. 03/02/1977 - Died when the Chinook helicopter he was in crashed and burned about 20 miles southeast of Pyongtaek after hitting a high voltage cable in the fog.  The helicopter was flying from Camp Humphreys to Camp Ames with two other helicopters when dense fog and rain prevented them from landing at Ames.  The crash occurred at approximately 0730 hours.
  • Army - Smith, SP5 James W. 03/02/1977 - Died when the Chinook helicopter he was in crashed and burned about 20 miles southeast of Pyongtaek after hitting a high voltage cable in the fog.  The helicopter was flying from Camp Humphreys to Camp Ames with two other helicopters when dense fog and rain prevented them from landing at Ames.  The crash occurred at approximately 0730 hours.

1978-79 Casualties

1978

1979

  • A.F. - Dade, SSgt. John Foster Jr. 26 Oct. 79. Grand Junction, CO.  Born June 13, 1954. According to the Air Force, SSgt. Dade's death was self-inflicted.  He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Fruita, CO.
  • Army - Crump, Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Howard. 01 Nov 79. Point Pleasant, WVA.  Born June 25, 1950, CWO Crump was an attack helicopter pilot in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • Army - Steele, Warrant Officer Michael Richard. 01 Nov 79. Port Orchard, WA.  Born March 11, 1958, WO Steele was an attack helicopter pilot in Korea when he died in an accident. He is buried in Sunset Lane Memorial Park, Port Orchard, WA.
  • Army - Herod, Specialist Troy Hugh. 03 Nov 79. Colorado Springs, CO.  Born August 11, 1959, Specialist Herod was a food service specialist in Korea when he died of an illness.  He married Teresa Lynn Hedberg (1957-2012) on May 26, 1976 in Colorado Springs.  She survived, as well as daughters Krishna and Cassandra Herod.  Specialist Herod is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Army - Worsham, Sgt. Patricia Ann. 14 Nov 79. Aulander, NC.;  Born October 16, 1955, Sergeant Worsham was a personnel records specialist when she died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Golding, Airman 1C Frank Drew. 23 Nov 79. Richmond, VA.  Born May 10, 1957, Airman Golding died in an accident in Korea. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum, Richmond, VA.
  • Army - Hicks, S/Sgt. Theodore Christian. 23 Nov 79. Sunnyside, WA.  Born December 26, 1945 in Pasco, Washington, S/Sergeant Hicks was a Vietnam veteran.  He died at Camp Casey when his heart stopped.  He was an indirect fire infantryman who was married with children.  He was the son of Lawrence Edwin Hicks and Ruby (Bette) E. Luth Hicks.  His siblings were April, Robert, and Merrylee.  He is buried in Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, Washington.
  • A.F. - Craver, Capt. Gregory Scott. 28 November 79. Orlando, FL.  Born December 23, 1950, Captain Craver died as the result of an accident.  He is buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Orlando, Florida.  The KWE received the following from Lt. Col. Michael A. Pandolfo (USAF, Ret.): "Captain Craver was actually flying on an orientation mission with the Air Force.  Captain Craver had not been in the squadron long enough to even sign in before he was invited to fly out to the local range by Lt. John Vosburg. While entering the range, Vosburg hit an uncharted cable and was killed instantly. Captain Craver attempted to eject but was caught in the static lines of his parachute.  He was then killed instantly. His bags sat in front of the duty desk for three days before anyone made the connection. Since no one in the 19th knew him, it fell to me, as his former flight commander at Moody AFB, to write to his parents and surviving brother. I was subsequently asked to visit the family and explain why an open casket funeral would not be appropriate, which I did with as much tenderness for the grieving mother as possible.  ‘Cuda Craver was a fine man, a proud Aggie, a bachelor, a hard worker, a good pilot, and a credit to his uniform.  He was well thought of by his squadron mates in the 70th TFS, and we were sorry to lose him. He was taken too soon. I intend this to complete the record and to provide some closure to Greg’s brother."
  • A.F. - Vosburg, 1Lt. John J. 28 Nov 79. Oyster Bay, NY.  Born March 19, 1954.  "1 LT. John J. Vosburg, Class of 1976, died in an OV-10 accident north of Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea on 28 November 1979. John is survived by his wife Ellen, 3721 Sebille, Alexandria, La. 71301 and his parents Mr. and Mrs. K.W. Vosburg, 62 Soundview Ave., Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771. While at the Academy, Vos was a member of the 24th Cadet Squadron and majored in Behavioral Science. The Buds will always remember him as a big man with a heart and soul to match. He was a fierce competitor on the athletic fields and lead the Phantoms to consecutive Malanaphy trophies. But off the field Vos was a quiet, gentle person and always made an effort to help those who needed him. After graduating from the Academy John attended pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona. He then joined TAC as a pilot in the A-7D at England AFB, Louisiana. At the time of his death John was serving a remote tour in Korea assigned to the 19th TASS, Osan AB, ROK as an OV-10 pilot.  John’s death leaves a void in the lives of all who knew him but his memory and example will live on in all of us. Contributions in John’s name may be made to the St. Dominic’s Athletic Fund, 110 Anstice, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 11771. (Art George '76)".  Lieutenant Vosburg is buried in Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.
  • Army - Coon, Sgt. 1C Robert Lewis Sr. 11 Dec 79. Harrison, MI.  Born February 14, 1944, Sergeant Coon was a personnel sergeant when he died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Murrell, Pvt. Jimmy Richard. 12 Dec 79. Hammond, IN.  Born August 19, 1954, Private Murrell was a general vehicle repairman.  He is buried in Tangipahoa-Quinn-Brown Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA.
  • Army - Duron, Sgt. Daniel Roy. 15 Dec 79. Minneapolis, MN.  Born May 10, 1953, Sergeant Duron was a utility helicopter repairer when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Army - Harper, Pvt. Terrance Davis I. 16 Dec 79. Tuscaloosa, AL.  Born July 07, 1957, Private Harper was a Vulcan crewmember when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Wontenay, Sgt. Paula Kay. 28 Dec 79. Union City, PA.  Born September 14, 1955, Sergeant Wontenay was a cardiac specialist when she died in an accident in Korea.  She was a Vietnam veteran.  She is buried in St. Teresa's Cemetery, Union City, PA.
  • Army - Slaughter, Specialist James Jr. 29 Dec 79. Omaha, NE.  Born August 03, 1957, Specialist Slaughter was an indirect fire infantryman in Korea when he died of an illness there.
  • Army - Horst, Pfc. Dane Charles. 31 Dec 79. North Lima, OH.  Born August 25, 1960, Pfc. Horst was a non-communications interceptor/analyst in Korea.  The Army listed his death as self-inflicted. He is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, North Lima, OH.

1980-81 Casualties

1980

  • Army - Kinard, SSgt. Timothy Titus. 07 Jan 80. Springfield, OH.  Born September 19, 1949, Staff Sergeant Kinard was a recovery specialist when he died of an illness in Korea.  He was a husband and father.  He is buried at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, New Carlisle, OH.
  • A.F. - Bland, Senior Airman Anthony T. 13 Jan 80. St. Petersburg, FL.  Born June 12, 1953, Anthony died in an accident in Korea at age 26.
  • M.C. - Day, Maj. John Edward. 04 Feb 80. Vancouver, WA.  Born March 20, 1941, Major Day was a Vietnam veteran.  He was a pilot VMA A-4 qualified who died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL.
  • Army - Thompson, Pvt. Tommy Virgil. 11 Feb 80. Chula Vista, CA.  Born September 15, 1960, Private Thompson was an Ah-1 Attack Helicopter repairer when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Chrostowski, Senior Airman William Jr. 12 Feb 80. Elgin, IL.  Born May 08, 1958, Airman Chrostowski died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Lowe, Pfc. Timothy Paul. 17 Mar 80. Duncannon, PA.  Born November 27, 1959, Pfc. Lowe was a fuel and electrical systems repairer when he died from an accident in Korea.
  • Navy - Fiedler, Petty Officer 2C Craig Eugene. 31 Mar 80. Fairfield, IA.  Born April 20, 1953, he was the son of Edwin D. Fiedler (1929-1972) and Alice Jean Shoemaker Fiedler Hiatt (1931-2008).
    Petty Officer Fiedler was serving on the USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 when the ship arrived in Inchon on the 28th of March 1980 to begin a four-day port visit and anchored in anchorage E-4.  At 0356 on March 30, Officer Fiedler was transferred by helicopter from the Blue Ridge to the 121st Army Hospital in Seoul for treatment of injuries he sustained after falling approximately 20 feet from the small boat landing.  At 0035, 31 March Officer Fiedler died from the injures he sustained in the fall.  He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, IA.
  • Army - Moore, Sgt. 1C Edward Jr. 31 May 80. Bessemer, AL. Born January 08, 1939, Sergeant Moore was an armament/fire control maintenance supervisor when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Powers, Senior Airman Matthew S. 21 Jun 80. Des Moines, IA.  Born August 04, 1957, Airman Powers died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Wilson, Spec. 4 Benjamin Lee Jr. 21 Jun 80. Easton, MD.  Born February 08, 1955 in Minnesota, he was the son of Benjamin Lee Wilson Sr. and Gloria Mae Davidson Wilson.  He was a Vietnam veteran who died of illness while serving in Korea.  He is buried in Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock, Maryland.  He was survived by his parents, sisters Roxine Palmer, Margo Wilson and Theodosious Jenkins, and brothers Alfred Wilson and Mattrell Wilson.
  • Army - Hull, Pfc. Mack Eddie. 02 Jul 80. Tyronza, AZ.  Born April 19, 1954, Pfc. Hull was a motor transport operator in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • A.F. - Griffin, Capt. Hal Boyd 18 Jul 80. Kosciusko, MS.  Born February 13, 1949.  Capt. Hal Boyd Griffin, 31, of Winona died July 18, 1980 as the result of a plane crash at Osau, Korea. Captain Griffin was serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Griffin of Winona; two sons, Jason Griffin and Jeremy Griffin, both of Kansas City, Missouri; one sister, Mrs. Alice Bamberg of Winona; one brother, Earl Griffin of Winona. Services were held at Lee Funeral Home Chapel at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, July 26 with Rev. W. M. Hull officiating. Military rites were conducted at graveside. Lee Funeral Home in charge of arrangements at New Hope Church Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Osau Air Force Base, Korea. A memorial fund will be established at Holmes Junior College in honor of Capt. Griffin and the funds will be used to aid a needy child. - The Winona Times, July 31, 1980
  • Army - Weldon, Specialist Kenneth R. 03 Aug 80. Longview, WA.  Born May 03, 1960, Specialist Weldon was a utility helicopter repairer when he died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Yale Memorial Cemetery, Ariel, WA.
  • Army - Ramirez, Pvt. Adam Zamora. 18 Aug 80. Los Angeles, CA.  Born June 27, 1960, Adam died in an accident in Korea.
  • Navy - Durham, Petty Officer First Class Ross Eugene. 19 Aug 80. Laferia, TX.  Born February 08, 1949, Petty Officer Durham was a yeoman when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Orlinski, Specialist David Albert. 21 Aug 80. Pawtucket, RI.  Born October 26, 1951, David was a ground surveillance radar crewman who died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Williams, Pvt. Stefhan Lenal. 29 Aug 80. Cleveland, OH.  Born August 06, 1961, Private Williams was a tactical wire operations specialist when he died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Highland Park Cemetery, Highland Hills, OH.
  • A.F. - Wallace, Lt. Col. Edward R. 02 Sep 80. Scottsdale, AZ.  Born February 16, 1923, Lt. Col. Wallace died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Combs, Sgt. Donnie Ray. 18 Sep 80. Shreveport, LA.  Born March 05, 1955, Sergeant Combs was a radio teletype operator when he died as the result of an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Santiago, Senior Airman Alberto. 28 Dec 80. Bronx, NY.  Born November 04, 1955, he died in Korea at age 25 of illness.

1981

  • Army - Witmer, Sgt. Mark Alan. 10 Jan 81. Downers Grove, IL.  Born March 22, 1957, Sergeant Witmer died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.  He was the passenger in a government-owned vehicle.  He was married at the time of his death.
  • A.F. - Lamerson, Tech Sgt. Glindon R. 18 Jan 81. Plymouth, MI.  Born January 18, 1943, Tech Sergeant Lamerson died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Poulin, S/Sgt. Ronald Armand. 24 Jan 81. San Antonio, TX.  Born December 28, 1945, S/Sergeant Poulin was a practical nurse in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • A.F. - Escobedo, Senior Airman Ruben S.  05 Feb 81. Los Angeles, CA.  Born June 16, 1959, Airman Escobedo was a weapons mechanic when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Resurrction Cemetery, Montebello, CA.
  • A.F. - Sapp, Col. Robert Byron. 08 Feb 81. Wooster, OH.  Born December 17, 1938, Colonel Sapp died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in the U.S. Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • A.F. - Estridge, SSgt. James Lynn. 11 Feb 81. Rockingham, NC.  Born August 19, 1955, the cause of SSgt. Estridge's death was undetermined.  He is buried in East Side Cemetery, Rockingham, NC.
  • Army - Kim, Pvt. Chin Song. 27 Feb 81. Ocean, NJ.  Born February 01, 1961, Private Kim was a unit supply specialist in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Vialpando, Specialist Steve Robert. 04 Mar 81. Denver, CO.  Born August 05, 1960, Specialist Vialpando was an infantryman in Korea when he died in an accident.  He is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.
  • M.C. - Bradley, Sgt. Ronald Russell. 10 Mar 81. Daytona Beach, FL.  Born August 16, 1958, Sergeant Bradley died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Daytona Memorial Park, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Army - Cude, Sgt. Vernon Jr. 15 Mar 81. Carrizo Springs, TX.  Born August 11, 1959, Sergeant Cude was an infantryman when he was killed in an accident in Korea.  On 15 March 1981, two armored personal carriers from C CO 1/31 mech infantry based at Camp Howze, Korea sank in the South Han River near Yoja, 37 miles southeast of Seoul.  Sergeant Cude was one of the men who lost his life that day.  The men were attached to the 17th Field Artillery, Second Infantry Division.  Sergeant Cude is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Carrizo Springs, TX.  Cude, Pickins, Schlect and Pidgeon were participating in a two-month joint American/South Korean military exercise entitled Team Spirit '81.  The exercise was part of a series involving 161,5000 troops of the Western alliance, including 33,800 American soldiers. About 100,000 members of the South Korean Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force participated in the war games.  Cude, Pickins, Schlect and Pidgeon were seen coming out of the carrier, but then drowned.  Eight others involved in this particular crossing were rescued.
  • Army - Pickins, Sgt. Harry Lee. 15 Mar 81. Earle, AK.  Born April 13, 1954, Sergeant Pickins was a fire support specialist in Korea when he was killed in an accident.  On 15 March 1981, two armored personal carriers from C CO 1/31 mech infantry based at Camp Howze Korea sank in the Imjin River.  Sergeant Pickins was one of the men who lost his life that day.  The men were attached to the 17th Field Artillery, Second Infantry Division.  Sergeant Pickins is buried in Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, TN.
  • Army - Schlecht, Sgt. Gary William. 15 Mar 81. Vandalia, OH.  Born October 05, 1958, Sergeant Schlecht was a heavy anti-armor weapons infantryman when he was killed in an accident in Korea.  On 15 March 1981, two armored personal carriers from C CO 1/31 mech infantry based at Camp Howze Korea sank in the Imjin River.  Sergeant Schlect was one of the men who lost his life that day.  The men were attached to the 17th Field Artillery, Second Infantry Division.
  • Army - Pidgeon, Pfc. Philip John. 20 Mar 81. Carbondale, PA.  Born December 21, 1962, Pfc. Pidgeon was an infantryman when he was killed in an accident in Korea.  On 15 March 1981, two armored personal carriers from C CO 1/31 mech infantry based at Camp Howze Korea sank in the Imjin River.  Pfc. Pidgeon was one of the men who lost his life that day.  The men were attached to the 17th Field Artillery, Second Infantry Division.
  • Navy - Bryant, Petty Officer Second Class George William III. 01 Apr 81. Goldvein, VA.  Born October 25, 1981, Petty Officer Bryant was a communications technician when he died as the result of an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, VA.
  • A.F. - Bassham, Airman 1C Stanley. 08 Apr 81. Jacksonville, FL.  Born February 10, 1959, Stanley died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Arlington Park Cemetery, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Army - Firpi, Specialist Gedeon Junior. 30 Apr 81. Glen Cove, NY.  Born August 25, 1959, Specialist Firpi died of injuries sustained in a railed commercial vehicle accident in Korea.  He was a fire control instrument repairer.
  • Army - Clark, Specialist Ralph Mearl. 05 Jun 81. Carlisle, PA.  Born May 18, 1954, Specialist Clark was a track vehicle mechanic in Korea when he died a victim of homicide.
  • Army - Elliott, Sgt. James Morgan II. 05 Jun 81. Columbia, SC.  Born January 20, 1957, Sergeant Elliott was a radio teletype operator in Korea.  His death was ruled a homicide.
  • Army - Marteney, Pfc. Richard Levier. 05 Jun 81. Waverly, TN.  Born December 22, 1959, Pfc. Marteney was a construction equipment repairer in Korea.  His death was ruled a homicide.  He is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Fairmont, WV.
  • Army - Mathis, Pfc. David Dean. 05 Jun 81. Connellys Springs, NC.  Born September 19, 1962, Pfc. Mathis' death was ruled a homicide.  He was a heavy construction equipment operator in Korea.  This soldier is buried in St. Johns Baptist Church, Connelly Springs, NC.
  • Army - Johnson, Sgt. Ronald Bruce. 28 Jun 81. Tampa, FL.  Born February 09, 1931, Sergeant Johnson was a tactical microwave systems repairer who died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Pampa, TX.
  • A.F. - Schrebe, SSgt. Willie L. Jr. 28 Jun 81. Los Angeles, CA.  Born August 06, 1945, Willie died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Snuffer, Pfc. John Howard Jr. 13 Jul 81. Doraville, GA.  Born June 26, 1961, Pfc. Snuffer was a utility airplane repairer when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Jesse, Sgt. Dwight Stevens. 17 Jul 81. New Milford, PA.  Born March 03, 1952, Sergeant Jesse was a unit supply specialist when he died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Schultz, Sgt. Ronald Dean. 24 Jul 81. Council Bluffs, IA.  Born April 07, 1960, Sergeant Schultz's death was listed by the Army as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Roland, Specialist Billy Glenn. 17 Aug 81. Bay Minette, AL.  Born August 23, 1949, Specialist Roland was an infantryman in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • Navy - Murhead, Lt.jg John NMN. 29 Aug 81. Hopatcong, NJ.  Born July 31, 1956, Lieutenant Murhead died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Cutshall, Specialist 4 Arthur Robert. 15 Sep 81. Havre, MT.  Born July 28, 1962, he was an M48 M60 Armor Crewman when he was killed in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Highland Cemetery, Havre, MT.
  • Army - Prosser, Sgt. Vernon Lee. 16 Nov 81. Seattle, NH.  Born January 17, 1947, Sergeant Prosser was a crane operator in Korea when he died as the result of an accident.  He is buried in Ft. Benning Post Cemetery, Ft. Benning, GA.
  • A.F. - Scheidegger, Senior Airman Edward Jules 11 Dec 81. Fargo, ND.  Born May 24, 1960, Airman Scheidegger was the son of Maynard C. Scheidegger (1934-2006) and Sandra J. Egge Scheidegger.  He died in an accident in Korea.  He was survived by his parents, his brothers Bill and Martin (1964-1996) and sister Karen Kraft.  He is buried in Lower Wild Rice and Red River Cemetery, Cass County, ND.
  • A.F. - Wilkins, SSgt. Rickie C. 11 Dec 81. Petaluma, CA.  Born August 23, 1955, Sergeant Wilkins died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Petaluma, CA.
  • Army - Cochran, Chief Warrant Officer Duane Maurice Jr. 16 Dec 81. Indianapolis, IN.  Born September 01, 1950.  He was one of two killed in an Army helicopter crash in Korea. He was a chief instructor assigned to the 4th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 3rd Brigade. Camp Stanley airfield was later named in honor of CW3 Cochran. He was from Indianapolis, IN. His passenger was Capt. Clinton R. Edison of Wrightstown, NJ who was a flight surgeon assigned to the 2nd Medical Battalion.  CWO Cochran is buried in Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, MO.
  • Army - Edson, Capt. Clinton Ray. 16 Dec 1981. Wrightstown, NJ.  Born May 31, 1953, Captain Edson died in an Army helicopter crash in Korea.  He is buried in Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, NJ.
  • Army - Jones, Specialist Michael Dwayne. 18 Dec 81. Brentwood, NY.  Born June 26, 1960, he was an observation/scout helicopter repairer in Korea when he died of illness.
  • Army - Fitch, Pvt. William Beverly III. 20 Dec 81. Lexington, VA.  Born February 22, 1959, Private Fitch was a materiel storage and handling specialist in Korea when he died of an illness.
  • A.F. - Hawkins, Lt. Col. John L. 20 Dec 81. Knoxville, TN.  Born December 13, 1931, Lt. Colonel Hawkins died of an illness while serving in Korea.
  • Army - Molosky, Sgt. 1C Edward Eugene Sr. 29 Dec 81. Middlesex, NJ.  Born September 13, 1944, Sergeant Molosky died of an illness while serving as a personnel sergeant in Korea.  He is buried in Saint Marys of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood, New Jersey.  He was a Vietnam War veteran.

1982-83 Casualties

1982

  • Army - Hileman, Pfc. Robert Gene Jr. 08 Jan 82. Desoto, MO.  Born June 15, 1958, Pfc. Hileman as a wire systems installer when he died in an accident in Korea.  He was the son of Robert G. Hileman Sr. and Martha Hileman.  He is buried in Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery, DeSoto, MO.
  • Army - Fuller, Sgt. Robalan Michael. 27 Jan 82. Ortanna, PA.  Born November 17, 1940, Sergeant Fuller was a strategic microwave systems repairer when he died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
  • Army - Kipp, Sgt. Faye Allen. 23 Feb 82. Lyle, WA.  Born February 02, 1959, Sergeant Kipp was a track vehicle mechanic when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Pate, Pfc. Chris W. 02 Mar 82. Kokomo, IN.  Born July 06, 1957, Pfc. Pate was a radio teletype operator when he died as the result of an accident in Korea.
  • M.C. - Cover, Maj. Walter Stanton. 20 Mar 82. San Dimas, CA.  Born January 6, 1945, Major Cover was a pilot Ch-46 qualified.  He died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Drewes, Tech Sgt. Edward H. Jr. 20 Mar 82. St Bernard, LA.  Born June 24, 1948, Tech Sergeant Drewes died of illness in Korea.
  • M.C. - George, Sgt. Bruce Neal. 20 Mar 82. Bend, OR.  Born January 23, 1959, he was a helicopter mechanic, Ch-46 in Korea when he died in an accident.  Sergeant George is buried in Pilot Butte Cemetery, Bend, OR.
  • M.C. - Haas, 1Lt. Peter Brian. 20 Mar 82. Mountain Lakes, NJ.  Born July 27, 1956, he was a pilot Ch-46 qualified when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ.
  • A.F. - Franklin, Capt. Robert G. 04 Apr 82. Little Rock, AR.  Born May 03, 1952, Captain Franklin was a weapon systems officer when he died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Holcomb, Senior Airman Lawrence M. 09 May 82. Baltimore, MD.  Born September 11, 1958, Airman Holcomb died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Colon, Specialist David Sandoval. 26 May 82. Los Angeles, CA.  Born December 29, 1960, Specialist Colon was a tactical wire operations specialist in Korea when he died of an illness.
  • Army - McCully, Specialist William Clifton. 03 Jun 82. Temple, TX.  Born September 25, 1949, Specialist McCully was an illustrator in Korea.  Cause of his death was undetermined.
  • A.F. - Curtisrobinson, Capt. David L.B. 06 Jul 82. St. Louis, MO.  Born January 09, 1952, Captain Curtisrobinson died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Ferguson, Specialist Douglas Ward. 01 Aug 82. Visalia, CA.  Born April 30, 1959, Specialist Ferguson was a radio operator when he died as the result of an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Exeter District Cemetery, Exeter, CA.
  • A.F. - Curry, SSgt. Don Marlin 02 Aug 82. Westville, FL.  Born September 27, 1954, Staff Sergeant Curry's death is listed by the Air Force as self-inflicted.  This Vietnam veteran is buried in Westville Cemetery, Westville, FL.
  • A.F. - Middleton, Senior Airman Arthur Lee. 02 Aug 82. State unknown.  Born July 13, 1954, Arthur died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Couer de Leon Society Cemetery, Jefferson County, GA.
  • Army - Wilhoit, Chief Warrant Officer Joe. 30 Aug 82. Silver Springs, NV.  Born February 10, 1945, CWO Wilhoit was a personnel/administrative technician in Korea when he died of an illness.
  • Army - Beck, Duane Arnold. 11 Sep 82. Willow Creek, CA
  • Army - Johnson, Pfc. Allen Jay. 11 Sep 82. Racine, WI.  Born June 08, 1962, Allen was an ammunition specialist who died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Burgard, Sgt. Kevin Marlin. 02 Nov 82. Palmyra, PA.  Born May 10, 1958, Sergeant Burgard was a structure specialist when he died in an accident in Korea.  Sergeant Burgard is buried in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.
  • A.F. - Harduvel, Capt. Theodore T. Jr. 15 Nov 82. Chicago, IL.  Born October 27, 1947.  "Capt Theodore Harduvel JR. 8th Tactical Fighter wing was killed November 16th when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Taejon, Korea during a low level training mission. Captain Harduvel was a member of the Wolfpack fighter wing since 1982, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Illinois. He received his commission in 1971 after graduating from the Air Force Academy. He was a distinguished graduate. He was a F-4 Commander and Instructor pilot at Macdill Air Force Base. and held the position of flight examiner at Hahn AFB Germany. He was weapons Officer at Macdill AFB for the F-16 Unit. His awards include Air Force Commander Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Medal, Air Force Longevity with two oak leaf clusters and the Small Arms Marksmanship Medal, he also won the Top Gun Medal in 1982. He was going to be promoted to Major several months after his Korea tour. He is survived by his wife Janet L. and daughter Christina J."  He was buried in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Tampa, FL.
  • M.C. - Martin, Pfc. Howard. 07 Dec 82. Detroit, MI.  Born October 13, 1961, Pfc. Martin was an administrative clerk when he died of an illness while serving in Korea.

1983

  • Army - Ketch, Sgt. 1C Kenneth Dale Jr. 05 Jan 83. Boise, ID.  Born August 26, 1946, Kenneth was a food service specialist who died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Dickey, Chief Warrant Officer 2 William Allen Jr. 13 Feb 83. El Cajon, CA.  Born May 25, 1955, CWO Dickey was a utility/observation helicopter pilot who died in an accident.
  • Navy - Irlbeck, Senior Chief Petty Officer Ralph Herman Ray. 11 Mar 83. Amarillo, TX.  Born October 17, 1944, Petty Officer Irlbeck was a mess maintenance specialist when he died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Sanchez, SSgt. Michael. 22 Mar 83. Radcliff, KY.  Born August 17, 1955, the home town of this infantryman was Radcliff, Kentucky.  He died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Kelly, Col. Thomas Alfred Jr. 22 Apr 83. Brooklyn, NY.  Born November 12, 1933, Thomas died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Pierce, Specialist Taylor Athlon. 08 May 83. Smithfield, VA.  Born August 20, 1959, Specialist Pierce was a military policeman in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • Army - Stallings, Maj. Bennie Adams. 09 May 83. Memphis, TN.  Born July 05, 1936, Major Stallings was a command and unit chaplain when he died of illness in Korea.  He was a World War II and Korea veteran who is now buried in Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.
  • Army - Williams, Pvt. James Roverta. 17 May 83. East Portland, OR.  Born January 22, 1964, Private Williams was an M48-m60 Armor Crewman when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR.
  • Army - Snyder, Sgt. 1C Ned Gene Jr. 25 May 83. Porterville, CA.  Born September 02, 1946, Sergeant Snyder was a behavioral science specialist in Korea when he died in an accident.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
  • Army - Scott, SSgt. Wayne Timothy. 02 Jun 83. Baltimore, MD.  Born August 04, 1949, Staff Sergeant Scott was a light wheel vehicle mechanic when he died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
  • Army - Jones, MSgt. Earnest. 22 Jul 83. Americus, GA.  Born August 05, 1941, M/Sergeant Jones was a mechanical maintenance supervisor when he died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Banks, Specialist Carl Demetri. 09 Aug 83. Newport News, VA.  Born July 16, 1957, Specialist Banks was a personnel records specialist when he died of an illness in Korea.  He is buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Newport News, VA.
  • Army - Powers, Sgt. Terrance Fred. 14 Aug 83. Green Bay, WI.  Born September 24, 1954, Sergeant Powers died in an accident in Korea.  He was a utility helicopter repairer.
  • Army - Batsford, Pvt. Timothy James. 22 Aug 83. Watertown, NY.  Born February 04, 1960, Private Batsford died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, NY.
  • Army - Freeman, Sgt. Gerald Douglas. 01 Sep 83. Bloomington, IN.  Born March 19, 1959, Sergeant Freeman was a power generation equipment repairer in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Payne Cemetery, Bloomington, IN.
  • A.F. - Payne, S/Sgt. Rorer A. 06 Sep 83. Danville, VA.  Born April 20, 1960, Staff Sergeant Payne died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Snyder, Specialist Keith William. 19 Sep 83. Milton, PA.  Born February 20, 1963, Specialist Snyder was a medium helicopter repairer who died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Bradley, Pfc. Charles Kevin. 09 Oct 83. Pottsville, AR.  Born September 16, 1953, Pfc. Bradley was a light wheel vehicle mechanic in Korea when he died of illness.  He is buried in Bowden Cemetery, Pope County, AR.
  • M.C. - Knopp, Lance Corporal Clarence Joseph Herbert. 12 Oct 83. New Haven, CT.  Born October 02, 1962, Lance Corporal Knopp was an electrician when he died in an accident in Korea.  He was a Vietnam veteran who is buried in Wilmington National Cemetery, Wilmington, NC.
  • M.C. - Brooker, Gunnery Sergeant David Allen. 07 Nov 83. Snoqualmie, WA.  Born March 20, 1952, Gunnery Sergeant Brooker was an aircraft maintenance Gse refrigeration mechanic in Korea when his aircraft crashed, killing four occupants.  He is buried in Lee Cemetery, Gravette, AR.
  • M.C. - Dale, 1Lt. Richard Allen. 07 Nov 83. Corvallis, OR.  Born August 03, 1957, 1Lt. Dale was a pilot Ch-46 qualified when the aircraft in which he was in crashed, killing all four occupants.  He is buried in Newcastle Cemetery, Newcastle, CA.
  • M.C. - Ohalloran, 1Sgt. Thomas John. 07 Nov 83. Cicero, IL.  Born May 29, 1941, Sergeant Ohalloran was a helicopter maintenance chief when the aircraft he was in crashed, killing all four occupants.  He is buried in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.
  • M.C. - Oscavich, Lance Corporal Ronald Lawrence. 07 Nov 83. Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Born December 08, 1963, Corporal Oscavich was an aircraft maintenance ground support equipment hydraulic/pneu. when the aircraft he was in crashed in Korea.  He is buried in Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Gardens, East, FL.
  • Army - Groves, Specialist 4 David Allen "Dave". 12 Nov 83. Jerseyville, IL.  Born April 23, 1959, Specialist Groves was an infantryman when he died in Korea of an illness.  He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville, IL.
  • A.F. - Warden, Senior M/Sgt. Samuel H. 12 Nov 83. Clinton, TN.  Born November 02, 1939, Sergeant Warden died of illness in Korea. His wife was Juanita R. Warden (1943-1982).  Sergeant Warden is buried in Sunset Cemetery, Clinton, TN.
  • M.C. - Thomas, Lance Corporal Calvin Anthony. 15 Dec 83. Philadelphia, PA.  Born November 09, 1956, Lance Corporal Thomas died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Quigley, Pfc. Charles James Jr. 22 Dec 83. Webster, WI.  Born July 02, 1964, Pfc. Quigley was an automatic data telecommunications center operator when he died as the result of an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Webster, WI.

1984-85 Casualties

1984*

  • A.F. - Rose, SSgt. Myron D. 15 Jan 84. Kores, KS.  Born January 15, 1984, Sergeant Rose died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Giles Memory Garden, Pulaski, TN.
  • Army - Flowers, MSgt. Milton Dale. 07 Mar 84. Boise, ID.  Born November 02, 1946, M/Sergeant Flowers was an infantryman who died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Naeyaert, SSgt. Richard A. 10 Mar 84. Detroit, MI.  Born July 04, 1959, SSgt. Naeyaert and fellow airman Tech Sgt. Howard M. Spence died in an accident in Korea.  The two men, assigned to the 8th Aircraft Generation Squadron in Kunsan, were killed when their two-seat Cessna crashed 12 miles south of Seoul en route to Osan Air Base.  SSgt. Naeyaert is buried in Resurrection Cemetery, Macomb County, MI.
  • A.F. - Spence, Tech Sgt. Howard M. 10 Mar 84. Cincinnati, OH.  Born May 02, 1954, Sergeant Spence and fellow airman SSgt. Richard A. Naeyaert died in an accident in Korea.  The two men, assigned to the 8th Aircraft Generation Squadron in Kunsan, were killed when their two-seat Cessna crashed 12 miles south of Seoul en route to Osan Air Base.
  • M.C. - Acquisto, Cpl. Jeffrey Jay. Mar 24 84. San Dimas, CA.  Born January 07, 1961 in San Dimas, Corporal Acquisto was a helicopter mechanic, Ch-53.  See *.
  • M.C. - Andrews, Pfc. John Marshall. 24 Mar 84. Watchung, NJ.  See *.  Memorial services have been scheduled for Pfc. John Marshall Andrews III, 23, of Ellisen Road, a U.S. Marine who was killed March 24 in a helicopter accident in South Korea. Services with a military escort have been set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Christian Assembly Church, Plainfield. A ceremony with full military honors also has been set for Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m. at Wesley Chapel, Houghton, N.Y. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton. Andrews was among 18 American and 11 Korean crew members killed when a helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain during military training exercises. A 1979 graduate of Watchung Hills Regional High School, he joined the Marines in May 1983. Surviving are his parents, Gladys and John M. Andrews Jr.; two brothers, David, a student at Pennsylvania State University, and James at home; a sister, Carolyn at home; his maternal grandmother, Pearl Wakkinen at home; and his paternal grandparents, Lila and John M. Andrews Sr. of Houghton, N.Y. Local arrangements are under the direction of Higgins Home for Funerals, 209 W. Eighth St., Plainfield. Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton, Allegany County, New York, USA.
  • M.C. - Bjeklo, Gunnery Sergeant Richard Martin. 24 Mar 84. Danbury, CT - Born May 04, 1948, he was the husband of Catherine Ann Bjeklo (1949-1999).  Richard and Catherine are buried in New Saint Peter Cemetery, Danbury, CT.  He was a Vietnam veteran.  See *.
  • M.C. - Burley, Capt. Stephen J. 24 Mar 84. Magnolia, NJ.  Born June 20, 1954, Captain Burley was the son of Joseph J. Burley (1933-2012) and Betty Lou McCartney Burley (1934-2001) and husband of Jude A. Burley (1954-2005).  He is buried in Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, NJ.  See *.
  • M.C. - Crosby, Sgt. Kenneth Bernard. 24 Mar 84. Houston, TX.  Born October 01, 1957 in Houston, Sergeant Crosby is buried in Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX.  See *.
  • M.C. - Dugas, Pvt. Anthony Scott. 24 Mar 84. Opelousas, LA.  Born September 19, 1965, he died in an accident in Korea.  See *.
  • M.C. - Ferrell, Pfc. Edward Clarence. 24 Mar 84. Clover, VA.  Born June 27, 1960, Pfc. Ferrell was a rifleman in Korea.  See *.
  • M.C. - Higgins, Sgt. David Clair. 24 Mar 84. Somerset, PA.  Born May 27, 1959.  See *.
    Sgt. David Clair Higgins, 24, Quantico, Virginia, formerly of Somerset, died March 24, 1984, as result of a helicopter crash in Seoul, South Korea. Born May 27, 1959, in Somerset, he was the son of Mrs. Violet Shaffer, Somerset, and the late Donald C. Higgins. He joined the Marine Corps August 1977 and went to South Korea in December 1983. He was a graduate of Somerset High School, Class of 1977.   Sergeant Higgins was survived by his wife, the former Nancy Meyer, and two daughters, Erin and Angela.  He was also survived by two brothers, Donald Higgins, Michigan, and Douglas Higgins, Somerset; and step-brother, Richard Shaffer, Florida. Interment was in Somerset County Memorial Park, with full military rites.
  • M.C. - Houston, Capt. John Hideo. 24 Mar 84. Gahanna, OH.  See *.  Born September 18, 1949, Captain Houston was a pilot Ch-53 A/d qualified when he died in a helicopter crash.  The son of Mrs. Chiyo Houston, Captain Houston was a 1969 graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School.  He was a black belt in karate and a member of the Ohio State University Karate Club.  He is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI.
  • M.C. - Kelly, Cpl. Tim Brian. 24 Mar 84. Fresno, CA.  Born March 12, 1963, Corporal Kelly was a rifleman in Korea.  See *.
  • M.C. - Liddle, SSgt John Richard Jr. 24 Mar 84. Independence, MO.  Born March 01, 1949. SSgt. Liddle served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was the beloved son of Mary C. and John R. Liddle Sr.  Sergeant Liddle is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Independence, Missouri.  See *.
  • M.C. - McComas, Lance Corporal Bradley Allen. 24 Mar 84. Camden, OH.  Born August 09, 1954, Lance Corporal McComas is buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden, OH.  See *.
  • M.C. - Mugoodwin, Sgt. Kevin Jerome. 24 Mar 84. Gary, IN.  Sergeant Mugoodwin was born February 26, 1958 in Gary, IN.  See *.
  • M.C. - Osceola, Herman Leon. 24 Mar 84. Clewiston, FL.  Born February 15, 1961 in South Clewiston, FL.  See *.
  • M.C. - Rooney, Pfc. James Thomas. 24 Mar 84. West Point, IA.  Born April 11, 1965, Pfc. Rooney is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Ft. Madison, IA.  See *.
  • M.C. - Rosales, Lance Corporal Fernando Jr. 24 Mar 84. Brentwood, NY.  Born May 26, 1963, Lance Corporal Rosales was a rifleman.  He is buried in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.  See *.
  • M.C. - Soles, PFC William Arnold "Billy". 24 Mar 84. Baton Rogue, LA,  Born August 01, 1964, "Billy" Soles is buried in Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, LA.  He was a rifleman.  See *.
  • M.C. - Zinck, Daniel Brennan. 24 Mar 84. Framingham, MA - Born May 21, 1963 in Framingham, Massachusetts.  Corporal Zinck was buried with full military honors in Edgell Grove Cemetery in Framingham. He attended Framingham North High School where he was captain of the football and lacrosse teams in his senior year. He joined the Marines in October 1981. He leaves his wife, Angela M. (Kopas) Zinck of Framingham; his father, Earl H. Zinck Jr., a Framingham patrolman, and his mother, Carol (Brennan) Zinck of Framingham; two brothers, Timothy J., stationed with the Navy in Honolulu, and Thomas F. of Marlborough; his paternal grandparents, Earl H. and Mary (Topham) Zinck Sr. of Hudson; his maternal grandmother, Frances (Higgins) Brennan of Hyattsville, Md.; his stepmother, Paula M. (Musgrave) Zinck of Framingham; a niece, aunts, uncles and cousins.  See *.
  • Army - Sparks, SSgt. Jackie Leon. 25 Apr 84. Dayton, OH.  Born November 06, 1942, SSgt. Sparks was an indirect fire infantryman in Korea when he died of an illness.  He is buried in Germantown Cemetery, Germantown, OH.
  • Army - Cromwell, Pvt. George Calvin. 03 June 84. Riverbend, NC.  Born August 31, 1962, Private Cromwell was an infantryman in Korea when he died as the result of an accident.  He is buried in New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC.
  • Army - Martin, Specialist Shannon James. 14 Jul 84. Minneapolis, MI.  Born June 28, 1964 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Specialist Martin was a military policeman in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  The son of Arthur James Martin and Jeanette Marie Davis Martin, he was also the husband of Christine Noel Book.  He is buried in Killeen City Cemetery, Killeen, TX.
  • Navy - MacFarlane, Lt. Robert James Jr. 16 Jul 84. Oceanside, CA.  Born March 11, 1955, Lieutenant MacFarlane was a special weapons unit officer when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Navy - Sperling, Lt.jg David Michael. 16 Jul 84. Pensacola, FL.  Born May 05, 1958, David died in an accident in Korea.  He was the son of Korea/Vietnam veteran David John Sparling (1929-2008) and Judith Sperling (1935-2006).  He was survived by his parents, sister Michelle, and brother Doug.  David is buried in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL.
  • Army - Lesue, Pfc. Michael Wayne. 29 Jul 84. Joplin, MO.  Born June 01, 1961, Pfc. Lesue was an air traffic controller-radar controller when he died in an accident in Korea.  Funeral services for Michael W. Lesue, 23, of Pierce City, were held at 11 a.m. yesterday at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Monett with William R. Bladh officiating. Mr. Lesue died Monday, July 30, while on duty with the U.S. Army in Korea. Robert Leavitt gave the invocation. Joan Wooley presented a piano medley of patriotic songs. Carol Echols sang a solo entitled "You're Not Alone," accompanied by Mrs. Wooley. Talks were given by Suzanne Evans, Jack D. Cooper and Dee V. Sharp. Warren Peterson presented the benediction. Pallbearers were Jon Lesue, Joseph Lesue, Martin Lesue, Merlin Humphries, Stanley Evans and Mark Smith. Military graveside rites were held at the Dry Valley Cemetery by a U.S. Army unit from Fort Leonard Wood. The folded U.S. flag was presented to Mr. Lesue's wife, Karissa Lesue. Harold W. Bodon gave the grave dedication. Arrangements were under the direction of Wilks Lakin Funeral Home of Pierce City.  Pfc. Lesue had one son, Aaron.  Karissa later married Matt Maloy.  Others in the family are three daughters.
  • Army - Abanathie, Pvt. Mark Steven. 01 Aug 84. Oxnard, CA.  Born April 18, 1965, Private Abanathie was a crane operator in Korea.  He was the son of Robert H. Abanathie (1904-1987) and Mabel L. Abanathie (1924-2007).  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Gardens of Memory Memorial Park, Bay Saint Louis, MS.
  • A.F. - Opp, SSgt. David L. 12 Aug 84. Cottage Grove, MN.  Born November 08, 1948, Staff Sergeant Opp's death was listed as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Merchant, Sgt. 1C Lloyd Harvey. 29 Aug 84. Wichita, KS.  Born January 09, 1947, Sgt. 1C Merchant was an avionic equipment maintenance supervisor in Korea.  His death was listed as homicide.
  • Army - Kelly, Specialist Steven Lee. 23 Sep 84. Dothan, AL.  Born April 05, 1962, Specialist Kelly was an indirect fire infantryman in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Gardens of Memory, Kinsey, AL.
  • Army - Cowie, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Johnnie Calvin. 14 Oct 84. Casper, WY.  Born July 25, 1945, CWO Cowie died of illness in Korea.  The son of George M. Cowie (1911-1994) and Jan S. Cowie (1925-1983), he was a Vietnam veteran.  He is buried in Oshkosh Cemetery, Oshkosh, OK.
  • Army - Gossett, SSgt. Edward Jacob. 15 Oct 84. Memphis, TN.  Born October 24, 1954, SSgt. Gossett ws a materiel control and accounting specialist in Korea when he died of an illness.
  • A.F. - Ehrgood, MSgt. Edward L. Jr. 05 Nov 84. Big Run, PA.  Born March 05, 1946, Master Sergeant Ehrgood was the son of Edward L. Ehrgood Sr. and Naomi Loye Ehrgood.  He was the brother of Ann Frazier and Jennifer Hillberg.  The Army listed his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in McClure Cemetery, Big Run, PA.
  • Army - Chong, Sgt. Kang Shik. 07 Nov 84. Minneapolis, MN.  Born June 05, 1957, Sergeant Chong was a cannon crewmember in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Army - Fies, Pfc. David Joseph. 10 Nov 84. Lebanon, PA.  Born November 10, 1984, the Army listed his death as self-inflicted.  Pfc. Fies was a motor transport operator in Korea.  He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lebanon, PA.
  • Army - Fontanez, Specialist Frankie. 15 Nov 84. Ponce, Puerto Rico.  Born August 01, 1964, Specialist Fontanez was an M48-m60 armor crewman who died as the result of an accident.
  • Army - Mendes, Pvt. Robert Anton Jr. 22 Nov 84. Naples, FL.  Robert was serving as a military policeman when he died of a self-inflicted wound in Korea.
  • Army - Wright, Sgt. Daryl Wynn. 06 Dec 84. York, PA.  Born 1/22/1959, Sergeant Wright was a cannon crewmember who died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - German, Capt. Jayme Leo. 10 Dec 84. Oakes, ND.  Born April 11, 1957, Captain German died in an accident in Korea and is buried in St. Charles Cemetery, Oakes, ND.

*Marine Corps casualties 1984

The New York Times – 26 March 1984

AROUND THE WORLD; Marine Dead Recovered In Korean Copter Crash
WASHINGTON, March 25

The bodies of all 29 American and South Korean marines killed in a helicopter crash have been recovered, officials said today. The Pentagon identified 17 of the American Marines, but the name of the 18th victim was being withheld pending notification of his family. Eleven South Koreans were killed when the helicopter crashed into a mountain 200 miles southeast of Seoul during a joint military exercise.

The Pentagon said that four of the Americans were from the New York area. It identified them as Richard L. Bjelko, of Danbury, Conn.; Fernando Rosales, of Brentwood, L.I.; John M. Andrews, of Watchung, N.J., and Steven Burley, of Magnolia, N.J.

The San Diego Union – 26 March 1984

Deceased Name: Pentagon lists Marine dead in Korean copter crash

The bodies of all 29 U.S. and South Korean marines killed in a helicopter crash have been recovered from the mountain where they died during a joint military exercise, officials said yesterday.  In Washington, the Pentagon identified the 18 U.S. Marines who perished. Fourteen of the Americans were from Company L of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base near Oceanside and had been on a six-month assignment to South Korea, according to a base spokesman. Marine spokesmen at Camp Pendleton and in Washington yesterday said they could not say which of the victims on the Pentagon's list were from Camp Pendleton.

The Pentagon identified the victims by name and home town: Richard L. Bjelko, Danbury, Conn.; Kenneth B. Crosby, Houston; Anthony F. Dugas, Opelousas, La.; Edwin C. Ferrell, Clover, Va.; Tim V. Kelly, Fresno; Bradley McComas, Camden, Ohio; Kevin J. Mugoodwin, Gary, Ind.; James T. Rooney, West Point, Iowa; Fernando Rosales, Brentwood, N.Y. Also: William A. Soles, Baton Rouge, La.; David C. Higgins, Somerset, Pa.; Daniel B. Zinck, Framingham, Mass.; John M. Andrews, Watchung, N.J.; Herman L. Osceola, Culewiston, Fla.; John H. Huston, Gahanna, Ohio; Steven Burley, Magnolia, N.J.; Jeffrey Acquisto, San Dimas; and John Liddle, Independence, Mo.

Eleven South Koreans were killed. A U.S. military official in Seoul confirmed there were no survivors of the crash. The remains were transported to Seoul to an army mortuary at Yongsan, the large U.S. base in the South Korean capital pending return to the United States. The search for the bodies in a mountainous coastal area about 200 miles southeast of Seoul had gone on since the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53D chopper smashed into a mountainside early Saturday morning.

The helicopter was one of six taking part in a night training exercise. The military said the weather was above minimum standards when the helicopters took off but that rain and high winds developed and the mission was scrubbed. The helicopter was heading back to the base at the southeast coastal port town of Pohang when it plowed into the mountainside.

The training was part of a combined program called Team Spirit '84 involving about 60,000 U.S. and 147,500 South Korean military personnel, which began Feb. 1 and will be completed in April. Team Spirit maneuvers have been held annually for the past nine years.

Earlier this week, nearly 50,000 American and South Korean marines carried out a major amphibious assault landing on the beaches around Pohang. The U.S. Navy vessels supporting that operation included the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.

1985

  • A.F. - Siering, Airman 1C Raymond H. Jr. 02 Jan 85. New Britain, CT.  Born August 12, 1963, Airman Siering died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Leonard, MSgt. James Larry. 13 Jan 85. Chapel Hill, TN.  Born January 28, 1939, Master Sergeant Leonard died of an illness in Korea.  He is buried in Swanson Cemetery, Chapel Hill, TN.
  • A.F. - McGilbra, Airman 1C Leon A. 31 Jan 85. Kansas City, MO.  Born December 04, 1960, Airman McGilbra died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Paxton, Col. Pat Ralph. 20 Jan 85. Eaton, OH.  Born April 18, 1938 in Eaton, he was the son of Milton McDill Paxton (1918-1959) and Florence Mabrey Overbey Paxton (1918-2004).  Col. Pat R. Paxton, 47, formerly of the Eaton-Camden area, died March 20 when his plane crashed near South Korea. He was a graduate of Camden High School and Miami University, and a member of the Sugar Valley United Methodist Church near Eaton. Colonel Paxton was a jet fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Force and was commander of the 21st Tactical Fighter Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. According to military sources in Korea, he was in South Korea with his unit for a joint training exercise, "Team Spirit '85," and was killed when his F15A Eagle crashed 50 miles northwest of Kunsan Air Base off the west coast of Korea, about 125 miles south of Seoul. A military board of experts will investigate the cause of the crash. Survivors include his wife, Jane (McWhinney) Paxton; one daughter, Lori Puckett of Eaton; one son, Michael, at home; his mother Florence Paxton of Dayton; one sister, Joyce Murray of Arizona; aunts and uncles; nephew, Jeff Murray; and niece, Joanna Murray. Military memorial services for Colonel Paxton were held in Alaska. Local services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes Funeral Home, 220 East Main Street, Eaton, Ohio with Chaplain Paul Davis officiating. Military services and burial will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • A.F. - Bachman, Chief Master Sergeant Michael W. 29 Mar 85. Morrisdale, PA.  Born July 14, 1941, Sergeant Bachman died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.
  • Army - Sanders, Specialist Wendell. 07 May 85. Kansas City, MO.  Funeral services for Spec. 4 Wendell Sanders, 21, of Winona were held at Roberts and Sons Mortuary Chapel Tuesday, May 14, at 2 p.m. Col. Paul E. Russell, chaplain, led services for the 1981 graduate of Winona High School. Burial was in Columbiana United Methodist Church Cemetery. Sanders died May 7, 1985, in a Seoul, South Korea hospital from intracranial bleeding resulting from a fall suffered as he walked along a roadway. He was stationed in Ui Jong Bu, South Korea as a member of the United States Army. Survivors include his father, Harvey Lee Campbell of Winona, and three sisters, Miss Pamela Sanders of Ft. Monmouth, N.J., and Miss Vanessa Sanders and Miss Comaneka Sanders, both of Kansas City, MO. He was a member of Columbiana United Methodist Church in Winona. Pallbearers were a military honor guard and honorary pallbearers were Ricky Brown, Derrick Burnett, Keith Roberts, Bobby Seals, James Garron and Jessie Garron. Roberts and Sons Mortuary, Inc. handled arrangements. Burial: Columbiana U. M. Church Cemetery, Winona, Montgomery County, Mississippi, USA.
  • Army - Flowers, Specialist Marion. 08 May 85. Damascus, GA.  Born December 29, 1964, Specialist Flowers was an infantryman in Korea when he died in an accident.  He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Baker County, GA.
  • Army - Edens, Sgt. 1C Cecil Wayne. 15 May 85. Camden, AR.  Born April 14, 1954, Sergeant Edens was an intelligence analyst in Korea when he died as the result of an accident.  He is buried in Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, AR.
  • A.F. - Dawson, Tech Sgt. Harold F. 26 May 85. San Diego, CA.  Born October 13, 1955, Tech Sgt. Dawson died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.
  • M.C. - Foster, 1Sgt. Donald Lewis. 22 Jun 85. Kalamazoo, MI.  Born July 25, 1948, Sergeant Foster was a fire support man when he died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA.
  • Army - Pendergraft, Capt. Emmarita Freeman. 05 Jul 85. Kansas City, MO.  Born December 24, 1957, Captain Pedergraft died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Blackwood, Specialist William Lawrence. 14 Jul 85. Berrien Springs, MI.  Born May 01, 1965, Specialist Blackwood was a petroleum supply specialist in Korea.  His death was listed as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Edmister, Col. James Ruel. 07 Aug 85. Royalton, VT.  Born September 09, 1934, Colonel Edmister died of an illness while serving in Korea.  He was an Orthodontist in the United States Dental Corps and a native of Clinton, Massachusetts. He was survived by his wife, Mary C. Edmister of Vermont (1936-2008), two sons, Captain Brent D. Edmister of Louisiana and James R. Edmister of Indiana, two daughters, Christiana Edmister of California and Lora E. Edmister of Vermont, father, Ruel M. Edmister of Tennessee, two brothers, Robert I. of Florida and Theodore D. Edmister of Washington, sister, Margaret Goodness of Oregon, three grandchildren. Services 2 p.m. at Hughes Loma Linda Mortuary with Pastor Sherman Jefferson, Pastor Chester Shumaker and Chaplin Norman Goodwin officiating. Vocalists will be Marilyn Cotton, Elma Tucker, Linda Edmister and Chester Shumaker. Interment in Montecito Memorial Park at the Court of Valor with full military honors.
  • Army - Black, Sgt. Maj. Marcus Charles. 02 Oct 85. Durham, NC.  Born November 01, 1940, Sgt. Major Black was a command sergeant major who died of illness while serving in Korea.
  • Army - Chu, Specialist Myong Beom. 06 Nov 85. Tarzana, CA.  Born May 23, 1949, Specialist Chu was a personnel administration specialist when he died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Martinez, Sgt. Francisco Javier. 04 Dec 85. Chicago, IL.  Born July 07, 1960, Sergeant Martinez was a personnel administration specialist when he died of an illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - McKinsey, SSgt. Mark A. 20 Dec 85. Crawfordsville, IN.  Born 07, 1962, S/Sergeant McKinsey died in an accident in Korea.  He married his wife Hyon on September 17, 1981.  She survived.  S/Sergeant McKinsey is buried in Oak Hill South Cemetery, Crawfordsville, IN.

1986-87 Casualties

1986

  • A.F. - Sharp, M/Sgt. Michael Bert.  02 Feb 86. Lakehead, CA.  Born August 30, 2947, M/Sergeant Sharp did of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Desert Lawn Cemetery, Mohave Valley, AZ.
  • Army - Clinger, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Harold Clair Jr. "Spike". 27 Feb 86. Clarion, PA.  Born May 26, 1951, Brookville, PA.  Harold "Spike" Clair Clinger of Gloucester, Virginia, a former resident, died Thursday, February 27, 1986, of injuries received in an accident while serving with the U.S. Army in South Korea. He was 33.  Mr. Clinger, a warrant officer, was serving a one-year tour of duty in Korea and was home recently for the Christmas holidays. Four others were also killed in the accident, which reportedly happened while on maneuvers. Born May 26, 1952, in Brookville, Harold Clair Clinger Jr. was a son of Harold J. and Clara (Hartle) Clinger. He was married in 1976 to the former Wendy Baker, who survives.  He was also survived by a son Richard Ashby Clinger and wife Terri, and a grandchild Rachel Clair Clinger.  Mr. Clinger graduated in 1969 from Clarion-Limestone High School and in 1970 from the Erie Barber School. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Clarion.  Preceding him death was a sister, Judith Davis, in 1976.  Funeral services and interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, VA.
  • Army - Watson, Specialist Jon Ramon. 03 Mar 86. Kokomo, IN.  Born September 15, 1960, Specialist Watson was an M48-m60 armor crewman stationed in Korea.  His death was ruled a homicide.  He is buried in Sunset Memory Garden, Kokomo, IN.
  • M.C. - Carroll, Lance Corporal Gregory Allen. 22 Mar 86. Franklin, IN.  Born July 21, 1964, Lance Corporal Carroll was a fire support man in Korea when he died as the result of an accident.
  • Army - Jesko, Pfc. Lenard Michael. 27 Mar 86. Hewitt, TX.  born April 18, 1966, Pfc. Jesko was a radio operator-maintainer when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Lozano, Senior Airman Enrique Jesus. 06 Apr 86. Lake Station, IN.  Born September 19, 1962, Airman Lozano died of an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Kirby, Specialist Pamela Jean. 10 Apr 86. Parkin, AL.  Born July 13, 1963, Specialist Kirby's death was a homicide.  She was a personnel management specialist in Korea.
  • A.F. - Crawford, Airman 1C Gary Wayne. 27 Apr 86. Tucson, AZ.  Born May 29, 1962, Airman Crawford died of illness while serving in Korea.  He is buried in All Faiths Memorial Park, Tucson, AZ.
  • Army - Walker, SSgt. Michael Rodney. 04 May 86. Waycross, GA.  Born April 13, 1958, Sergeant Walker was an infantryman when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Schneider, Specialist James John. 08 May 86. Cleveland, OH.  Born October 31, 1964, Specialist Schneider was a motor transport operator when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Elmhurst Park Cemetery, Avon, OH.
  • Army - Swann, Specialist Samuel Anthony III. 29 May 86. Wilmington, DE.  Born April 19, 1965, Specialist Swann was a subsistence supply specialist when he died in Korea.  He is buried in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.
  • Army - Prather, S/Sgt. Stanley. 15 June 86.  Atlanta, GA.  Born November 27, 1959 in Meriwether County, GA.  S/Sergeant Prather was an automatic data telecommunications center operator in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  He was the son of Opal Lee Stargell Harris (1940-2003).  He is buried in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Gay, GA.
  • Army - Huff, Pfc. Jeffery Winslow. 15 Jul 86. Springfield, MA.  Born April 15, 1965, he was a military policeman who died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Montgomery, 2Lt. Reginald Edwin. 04 Aug 86. Sumter, SC.  Born February 16, 1961, Lieutenant Montgomery died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Marshall, Sgt. James Gerard. 05 Aug 86. Deer Park, NY.  Born October 21, 1965, Sergeant Marshall was an infantryman in Korea when he died of an accident.  He is buried in Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.
  • Army - Stewart, SSgt. Donald Raymond Jr. 05 Aug 86. Eugene, OR.  Born February 21, 1960, Sergeant Stewart was an infantryman in Korea when he died as the result of an accident.  He is buried in Lane Memorial Gardens, Eugene, OR.
  • A.F. - Young, SSgt. James R. 20 Aug 86. Monon, IN.  Born October 12, 1956, SSgt. Young died in an accident in Korea.  He was survived by his wife Angela S. Young.  He is buried in the Bedford Cemetery, Monon, IN.
  • Army - Watson, Pfc. Jack Kenneth Jr. 27 Aug 86. Shippensburg, PA.  Born August 27, 1986, Pfc. Watson was a general cryptographic repairman in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • A.F. - Duckworth, Airman 1C Ricky J. 02 Sep 86. Tacoma, WA.  Born November 12, 1962, Airman Duckworth died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Berroth, Col. Karl G. Jr. 29 Sep 86. Portsmouth, RI.  Born June 18, 1929, Colonel Berroth was a Korea and Vietnam War veteran who died in Korea of illness.  "Memorial Service for Col. Karl G. Berroth, Jr., The Chapel, Osan Air Base, Korea, 1 October 1986 - Text: In Remembrance -- Col. Karl G. Berroth, Jr. served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 29 years. Born in Maryland in 1929 Col. Berroth entered military service in the enlisted ranks on 16 Oct 1947. in Dec. 1956, after attending Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. During his extended career Col Berroth served with great satisfaction in the avionics, maintenance, and logistics career fields at numerous bases around the world. His overseas assignments include the Republic of Vietnam, Germany, the Philippines, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Korea./His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. Injured in a rocket attack at Tan Son Nhut air Base, RVN in 1966 the colonel was awarded the Purple Heart./He is survived by his wife, Barbara, three daughters, Susan, Linda, and Cindy and three sons, Steven, Karl, and Michael./Chaplains: Ch. col. Jos. C. Matthews, Ch. Capt. James A. Schiffer; Organist: Mrs. Tammy Marks; Bugler: AIC Mark Lawrence; Program: Music for Prayer & Meditation; opening Scriptural Sentences; The Invocation & The Lord's Prayer; the Comfort of the Old Testament; The Assurance of the New Testament; In Memoriam; The Memorial Prayer; the Air Force Hymn, No. 192, "Lord, Guard & Guide the Men Who Fly;" Taps; the Benediction; Postlude".  Colonel Berroth is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denvero, CO.
  • A.F. - Bole, 1Lt. Christopher G. 13 Oct 86. Houston, TX.  Born February 25, 1962, Lieutenant Bole was 24 years old when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Segura, 1Lt. Michael B. 13 Oct 86. Tucson, AZ.  Born September 12, 1962, Lieutenant Segura died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Johnson, Specialist Gary Michael. 20 Oct 86. Madera, CA.  Born May 16, 1966, Specialist Johnson was a radio operator-maintainer when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Lindquists Washington Heights Memorial Park, Ogden, UT.
  • M.C. - Lopez, Lance Corporal Sean Victor. 06 Nov 86. Ojai, CA.  Born August 27, 1966, Lance Corporal Lopez was a motor vehicle operator who died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, CA.
  • Army - Flanary, Specialist Nicky Joseph - 08 Nov 86. Streator, IL.  Born December 12, 1963, Specialist Flanary was a cavalry scout when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Riverview Cemetery, Streator, IL.
  • Army - Lush, Specialist Nicky Scott. 10 Dec 86. Reading, PA.  Born December 10, 1986, Specialist Lush was a radio operator-maintainer when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Nelson, Specialist Donald. 14 Dec 86. Brooklyn, NY.  Born May 24, 1955, Donald was a radio operator-maintainer who died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.
  • Army - Carlson, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Leslie Ronald. 22 Dec 86. Dumfries, VA.  Born November 02, 1949, CWO Carlson died in a UH60 Blackhawk Assault Helicopter collision.
  • Army - Fitzjarrald, Warrant Officer Victor Lynn. 22 Dec 86. Colorado Springs, CO.  Born July 12, 1961, WO Fitzjarrald was a utility/observation helicopter pilot in Korea when he died in an Blackhawk Assault Helicopter collision.
  • Army - Winget, Pfc. Jeffrey Alan. 22 Dec 86. Oklahoma City, OK.  Born February 27, 1964 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, he was the crewchief of a UH60 Blackhawk Assault Helicopter. During a night goggle maneuver and a formation change his chopper collided with another blackhawk.  The instructor pilot, the student pilot, and the crewchief (Jeff) were killed.  "Jeffrey was the youngest child of Walter Preston Winget and Cherryl Anna Northweather Winget. He is survived by his mother Cherryl Winget Gist, father Walter Preston Winget, brother Walter Tracy Winget, sister Sherilyn Fay Winget Hoeltzel, a half brother Jacob Justin Winget, maternal grandfather William Fay Northweather, maternal grandmother Bernice Lee Busbee and paternal grandmother Elvalee Winget, uncles Kelly Northweather, James Winget and Randy Eilers, aunts, Carolyn Northweather Hefner, Brenda Northweather Gaddy, Kathy Northweather Depriest, Sandra Northweather and Jayne Winget Hines, and a special nephew Todd Jeffrey Hoeltzel.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather Preston Winget. Since Jeff's death but prior to this writing, his half brother Jacob Winget, father Walter Preston Winget, maternal grandparents William Fay Northweather (11/15/1987) and Bernice Lee Northweather Busbee (6/11/1995) are now deceased.  Jeff's paternal grandmother Elvalee Winget died (2/7/2009). Jeff grew up in the Oklahoma City area and was a 1983 graduate of Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City, OK. Jeff joined the U.S. Army in January of 1986, after completing basic training and schooling with the Army, he was stationed at Camp Humphreys, (Assault Helicopter Training Camp) South Korea."  He is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland, OK.

1987

  • Army - Canady, Specialist Robby Rodelle. 18 Feb 87. Byron, GA.  Born March 10, 1966, Specialist Canady was a general cryptographic repairman when he died of an illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Strauch, Senior Airman Donald Wallace Jr. 11 Mar 87. Union City, CA.  Born February 24, 1958.  The Air Force lists Airman Wallace's death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Mt. Vernon Memorial Park, Fair Oaks, CA.
  • A.F. - Dietz, TSgt. Gary Lynn. 13 Mar 87. Normal, IL.  Born September 29, 1949, Tech Sergeant Dietz died of illness while serving in Korea.
  • Army - Scott, Specialist Donald Lee. 14 Mar 87. Portland, OR.  Born July 28, 1961, Specialist Scott was a chaparral crew member when he died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR.
  • Army - Koenig, Lt. Col. Teddie Sherman. 24 Mar 87. Deming, NM.  Born June 22, 1936, Lt. Colonel Koenig was involved in short-range air defense (shorad) artillery in Korea when he died of illness.
  • A.F. - Scott, MSgt. Hughie Charles. 24 Mar 87. Miami, FL.  Born September 29, 1948, Master Sergeant Scott died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Slauenwhite, Sgt. 1C Albert James. 31 Mar 87. Abilene, TX.  Born September 22, 1947, Albert was a communications system circuit controller when he died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Williams, Pvt. Larry Wayne. 10 May 87. Phoenix, AZ.  Born June 13, 1966, Private Williams was a Bradley fighting vehicle system turret mechanic when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Army - Teasley, Sgt. 1C James Kenneth. 27 May 87. Highpoint, NC.  Born January 05, 1949, Sergeant Teasley was a combat engineer in Korea when he died of an illness.  This Vietnam veteran is buried in the Guilford Memorial Park, Greensboro, NC.
  • Army - Sloane, Pvt. Melvinn ][sic] Kenneth. 10 July 87. Rye, TX.  Born September 26, 1967, Private Sloane died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Menard Chapel Cemetery, Segno, TX.
  • Army - Kepney, Specialist Carwin Jr. 15 July 87. Sacramento, CA.  Born August 25, 1962, Specialist Kepney's death in Korea was ruled a homicide.  He is buried in Alexandria National Cemetery, Pineville, LA.
  • Army - Alaniz, Specialist Rony Jay. 19 Jul 87. Hilo, HI.  Born April 17, 1965, Specialist Alaniz died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Brown, Specialist Keith Allen. 19 Jul 87. Indianapolis, IN.  Born May 21, 1967, Specialist Brown died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Jones, Maj. Paul Jr. 25 Jul 87. Shreveport, LA.  Born March 19, 1951, Major Jones was a general quartermaster when he became ill and died in Korea. 
  • Army - Ladson, Sgt. Morris Lee. 16 Aug 87. Uncasville, CT.  Born April 30, 1965, Morris was a power generation equipment repairer who died in a self-inflicted incident.
  • Army - Lowe, SSgt. Nathaniel Jr. 27 Sep 87. Hearne, TX.  Born March 22, 1955, Sergeant Lowe was a personnel management specialist when he died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Oliarnyk, SSgt. Walter Jr. 05 Oct 87. Clifton, NJ.  Born July 03, 1954, Sergeant Oliarnyk died of an illness while serving in Korea.
  • Army - Calvert, MSgt. William Joseph Jr. 11 Oct 87. Wareshoals, SC.  Born November 25, 1948, Master Sergeant Calvert died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Vanhees, Specliast Robert Charles. 16 Oct 87. Ft. Meyer, FL.  Born November 26, 1959, Specialist Vanhees was an administrative specialist when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Crosby, Sgt. Edmond Roderick. 30 Nov 87. Winston-Salem, NC.  Born November 10, 1962, Sergeant Crosby was an automatic data telecommunications center operator in Korea when he died of an illness.
  • Army - Curtis, Sgt. Douglas Michael. 30 Nov 87. Huntington, MA.  Born December 20, 1963, Douglas was killed in an accident in Korea.

1988-89 Casualties

1988

  • Army - Bradley, Specialist Clifford Eugene. 07 Jan 88. Harvey, LA.  Born July 30, 1963, specialist Bradley was a finance specialist in Korea when he died of an illness.
  • Army - Anderson, Sgt. Morgan Milo. 21 Feb 88. Everett, WA.  Born December 13, 1962, Sergeant Anderson died of illness while serving in Korea.
  • A.F. - Jackson, Senior Airman Michael Gary. 14 Mar 88. Washington DC.  Born March 25, 1963, Airman Jackson died of illness while serving in Korea.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
  • A.F. - Sundve, S/Sgt. Ronald Wayne Sr. 04 Apr 88. Ames, IA.  Born June 30, 1954, S/Sergeant Sundve died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Coyle, Specialist Michael Thomas. 12 Apr 88. Jacksonville, FL.  Born November 14, 1957, Specialist Coyle was an Mlrs/lance operations/fire direction specialist when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Mullins, Tech. Sgt. David Ronald. 11 May 88. Wheelwright, KY.  Born August 16, 1951, Tech. Sergeant Mullins was 37 years old when he died in Korea of an illness.
  • Army - Mok, Specialist Chun Sik. 23 May 88. Pueblo, CO.  Born June 30, 1956, Specialist Mok was a cannon crewmember when he died of an illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Wilkerson, MSgt. Richard Layfette. 06 Jun 88. Aurora, CO.  Born October 28, 1950, M/Sergeant Wilkerson died of illness in Korea.
  • M.C. - Tyma, Lance Corporal David Jon. 13 Aug 88. St. Libory, NE.  Born June 21, 1969, Lance Corporal Tyma was an organizational automotive mechanic in Korea when he died in an accident.  He is buried in Saint Libory Catholic Cemetery, Saint Libory, NE.
  • Army - Pendley, Sgt. 1C Buddy Ray. 22 Aug 88. Orlando, FL.  Born May 09, 1945, his death was listed as self-inflicted.  He was a food service specialist in Korea.
  • Army - Felder, Sgt. Benjamin Thomas. 14 Sep 88. Washington DC.  Born January 04, 1964, Sergeant Felder was a carpentry and masonry specialist when he died of an illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Williams, Sgt. Darren Tyrone. 16 Sep 88. South Boston, VA.  Born June 22, 1965, Sergeant Williams died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Limbaugh, Specialist Michael Dean. 18 Sep 88. Winchester, TN.  Born September 26, 1956, S/Sergeant Limbaugh was a chemical operations specialist serving in Korea when he died of an illness.
  • A.F. - Lancaster, Tech Sergeant Paul Francis. 23 Oct 88. Kaneohe, HI.  Born January 20, 1958, the Army lists Sergeant Lancaster's death as self-inflicted.
  • M.C. - Jones, Pfc. David Lloyd. 24 Oct 88. Lisbon, IA. Born April 23, 1969, Pfc. Jones was an electrician when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Miller, Sgt. Meldon Charles. 09 Nov 88. Harrison Valley, PA.  Born December 12, 1960, Sergeant Miller's death was listed by the Air Force as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Lindow, Specialist Paul Jonathan. 27 Nov 88. Burton, OH.  Born January 06, 1969, Specialist Lindow was a power generation equipment repairer when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Stover, Specialist John Michael. 27 Nov 88. Okeene, OK.  Born October 25, 196, Specialist Stover was a construction equipment repairer when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Nashville National Cemetery, Nashville, TN.
  • A.F. - Cunningham, Sgt. Lafayette Peter. 11 Dec 88. Buffalo, NY.  Born April 9, 1959, he died of illness in Korea.  Sergeant Cunningham is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.

1989*

  • A.F. - Pendland, Senior Master Sergeant Frederick Leo. 03 Jan 89. Cincinnati, OH.  Born November 28, 1945, Master Sergeant Pendland died of illness while serving in Korea.
  • Army - Harper, Sgt. Ronnie Edward. 05 Feb 89. Goldsboro, NC.  Born April 19, 1953, Sergeant Harper was a medical specialist.  The Army listed his death as self-inflicted.
  • M.C. - Beason, Capt. Lawrence Lindell Jr. 17 Mar 89. Wylie, TX.  Born January 03, 1961 in Dallas, TX.  "Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - March 24, 1989 - Services for Marine Corps Capt. Lawrence L. Beason Jr. will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Saint Rita Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood Road at Harvest Hill. Burial will be at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas.  Captain Beason was one of four Marines killed March 17 when their CH-46 helicopter crashed near Toksok-Ri in South Korea while taking part in military exercises involving American and South Korean forces. He was 28. Captain Beason was born January 3, 1961, in Dallas. In 1979 he graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas. From 1979 to 1981 he attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he helped found the Spring Hill Oceanographic Research Society. He graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in marine biology. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in October 1983 and attended Marine Corps Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. He attended the U.S. Naval Flight Training Program in Pensacola, Fla., received his wings in May 1986 and was promoted to captain in the fall of 1988. Captain Beason was attached to HMM-161 at the Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, Calif., and served in the Persian Gulf with a helicopter squadron on the USS Okinawa. He was serving with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit when he was killed. Captain Beason is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Madeleine A. Beason of Mineola, Wood County; five sisters, Cheryl Edney of Sachse, Cindy Bertrand of Evanston, Illinois, Cathy Reineking of Dallas, Cissy Williams of San Saba, San Saba County, and Mary Beason of Mineola; grandparents Lawrence and Annie Beason of Malvern, Arkansas; and eight nephews and nieces."
  • M.C. - Edwards, Lance Corporal Jon Douglas. 17 Mar 89. Joseph City, AZ.  Born July 10, 1969, he died in an HMM161 helicopter accident in Korea.
  • M.C. - O’Connor, 1Lt. Christopher Michael. 17 Mar 89. Gaylord, MI.  Born September 30, 1962, Lieutenant O'Connor was a pilot Ch-46 qualified when he died in an HMM161 helicopter accident in Korea.
  • M.C. - Vinet, Cpl.  Michael Wade "Mike". 17 Mar 89. Buena Park, CA.  Born January 14, 1967 in Orange County, California, he was a helicopter mechanic Ch-46 when he died in an HMM161 helicopter accident in Korea.  He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress, CA.
  • M.C. - Alafonso, Cpl. John Anthony. 20 Mar 89. Aztec, NM.  Born July 16, 1964, Corporal Alafonso was a rifleman in Korea.  He is buried in Memory Gardens of Farmington, Farmington, NM.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Anglin, Lance Cpl. Richard Raymond. 20 Mar 89. Redlands, CA. Rifleman.  Born September 07, 1966, Corporal Anglin was a rifleman when he died in a helo accident in Korea.  He is buried in Hillside Memorial Park, Redlands, CA.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Bell, 2Lt. Darren Michael. 20 Mar 89. Tampa, FL. Infantry officer.  Born December 20, 1965, Lieutenant Bell was an infantry officer when he died in an accident in Korea.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Castro, Pfc. Saul Duran Jr. 20 Mar 89. Lamont, CA. Born June 20, 1970 in Granada Hills, California, Pfc. Castro was a rifleman.  See * section.  A memorial service is scheduled Friday for Saul D. Castro Jr., a Marine Corps rifleman who was one of 22 killed March 20 in a helicopter crash in South Korea. He was 18. Castro, a former resident of San Fernando, enlisted in the Marine Corps in July, with hopes of financing his college education. He also wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement, according to his aunt, Rosalie Castillo, of San Fernando. In January he began a six-month tour of duty in eastern Asia and was scheduled to return to Camp Pendleton at the beginning of August, Castillo said. Three months before the fatal crash, Castro wrote a note on the back of a photograph to his 18-year-old cousin Mike Sims. "Well, I guess I won't be seeing you for a while," wrote Castro. "I never thought that we'd grow up this fast. I miss our younger days." Born in 1970 in Granada Hills, Castro attended elementary and junior high schools at Santa Rosa Catholic School in San Fernando, where he served as student council vice-president in his eighth-grade year. After attending St. Genevieve High School for one year, Castro transferred to Arvin High School, near Bakersfield, where he graduated in June. Castro was active in sports at Santa Rosa, and was named all-league pitcher and outstanding player on the baseball team at Arvin. He was also named all-league defensive end on the football team. He is survived by his wife, Anna; his daughter, Vanessa; his parents, Catherine and Saul Sr.; and his brother, Marcos, all of Lamont; and his sister, Melissa Delgado, of Arleta. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Friday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, San Fernando. Castro was buried March 29 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield.
  • M.C. - Decker, Lance Cpl. Kurt Reinold M. 20 Mar 89. Toledo, OH. Rifleman.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - DePew, Lance Cpl. Michael Allen. 20 Mar 89. Red Lion, PA.  Born September 25, 1968, Corporal DePew was a rifleman.  See * in this section.
  • Navy - Fejeran, Hospital Corpsman Jimmie Loran Salas. 20 Mar 89. American Canyon, CA.  Born February 01, 1969.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Hernandez, Lance Corporal Andrew Anthony. 20 Mar 89. Arnold, MD.  Machine gunner. Born January 19, 1962.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Johnson, Lance Cpl. Ronald Alvin. 20 Mar 89.  Los Angeles, CA.  Born August 13, 1967 in Glendale, California, Corporal Johnson was a machine gunner.  See * in this section.  He is buried in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.
  • M.C. - Longstaff, Lance Corporal Anthony Peter. 20 Mar 89. Sheboygan, WI.  A machine gunner, Anthony was born January 02, 1964.  [See * in this section.]
  • M.C. - McCluskey, Cpl. Brian Keith. 20 Mar 89. Brazil, IN.  Born March 22, 1967, he was a machinegunner.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - McDaniel, Lance Cpl. Wilbur Scott Jr. 20 Mar 89. Carthage, TX.  Rifleman.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - McGreevy, Capt. Michael Francis III. 20 Mar 89. Hazlet, NJ. Born May 29, 1961, Captain McGreevy was a pilot Ch-53 A/d qualified.  He is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Middletown, NJ.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Nogales, SSgt. Jorge Verdugo. 20 Mar 89. Nogales, AZ.  Platoon sergeant.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Pimple, 1Lt. David Mark. 20 Mar 89. Sierra Vista, AZ. Ch-53 pilot.  Born May 13, 1963. See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Ratcliff, Lance Cpl. Carl David. 20 Mar 89. Bluefield, WV. Born June 24, 1967, he was a machine gunner.  He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bluewell, West Virginia. See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Silha, Lance Cpl. Keith Allen. 20 Mar 89. Onalaska, WI. Born June 18, 1966, Corporal Silha was a machine gunner in the Marine Corps.  He was the son of Neal A. Silha (1936-2011) and Joyce Pedersen Silha and the brother of a sister Stacy and brother Jeff.  He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, LaCrosse, WI.  See * in this section.
  • M.C. - Wooten, 1Lt. Kevin Michael. 20 Mar 89. Bowie, MD.  Infantry officer.  See * in this section. in this section.  Lieutenant Wooten is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
  • M.C. - Zinser, Sgt. James Dean. 20 Mar 89. Longview, WA.  Machine gunner.  Born April 09, 1959, Sergeant Zinser was the son of Jeanette Buzbee of Portland, Oregon, and Walter Zinser of Longview, Washington.  He is buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR.  Sergeant Zinser was promoted to sergeant in August of 1988 and had decided to make a career in the Marines. He was transferred to Korea in February from Camp Pendleton, California. Zinser grew up in Longview and graduated from Longview High School in 1977. He was a varsity wrestler there. In addition to his parents, he was survived by a brother and three sisters. See * in this section.
  • Army - Kim, Pfc. Dong I. 27 Mar 89. San Francisco, CA.  Born October 23, 1962, Pfc. Kim was a chemical operations specialist in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • Army - Pitts, SSgt. William Donnie. 29 Mar 89. Detroit, MI.  Born November 05, 1952, Staff Sergeant Pitts was a food service specialist when he died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Kuller, Sgt. 1C Scott Kenton. 30 Mar 89. Castro Valley, CA.  Born February 03, 1958, Sergeant Kuller was a combat engineer when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA.
  • A.F. - Hamilton, SSgt. Ricky. 31 Mar 89.  Hyattsville, MD.  Born June 05, 1962, Sergeant Hamilton died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Novajosky, Tech Sergeant Paul. 27 Jun 89. Mililani Town, HI.  Born March 26, 1955, Sergeant Novajosky died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI.
  • Army - Haney, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jerry Leonard. 07 Jul 89. Athens, TN.  Born January 19, 1948, CWO Haney was the son of Leonard L. Haney (1925-1982) and Minnie Ree Whitener Haney (1926-1996).  He died in an accident while serving in Korea.
  • A.F. - Berkley, SSgt. Andre Lamont. 19 Jul 89. Baltimore, MD.  Born June 02, 1963, Andre died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Workman, Sgt. 1C Bennie Franklin. 06 Aug 89. Logan, WV.  Born January 31, 1947, Sergeant Workman was a cannon crewman in Korea when he died of illness.
  • A.F. - Peeler, MSgt. Leroy Elliot Sr. 15 Aug 89. Baton Rouge, LA.  Born May 31, 1946, M/Sergeant Peeler died of illness while serving in Korea.  He is buried in Port Hudson National Cemetery, Zachary, LA.
  • A.F. - Staab, Sr. MSgt. Ferdinand Louis. 27 Aug 89. New York City, NY.  Born February 13, 1948, Ferdinand died of illness in Korea at the age of 42.  He is buried in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.
  • Army - Chillson, Specialist Raymond George Jr. 09 Sep 89. Roanoke, VA.  Born March 28, 1967, Specialist Chillson was an infantryman in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • A.F. - Suarez, Capt. Julio Fabian. 14 Sep 89. Miami, FL.  Born January 20, 1950, Captain Suarez died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Kamara, Sgt. Joseph Moronie, 21 Sep 89. Landover, MD.  Born February 14, 1953, Sergeant Kamara was a personnel administration specialist when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Horstman, Capt. Randi Lee. 17 Oct 89. Sanborn, IA.  Born November 28, 1959, Captain Horstman was a Green Beret who lost his life in a parachute jump during a routine training mission in Korea.  He landed in the Naktong River and drowned.  He was commander for operational detachment A-team 155 SCUBA/Airborne Operations.  He was survived by wife Anite and children Ryan and Amy.
  • Army - Roberts, Specialist Roy Glenn Jr. 14 Nov 89. Yakima, WA.  Born January 04, 1968, Specialist Roberts was a chemical operations specialist when he died in an accident in Korea.  He was the son of Roy and Carol Roberts and the husband of Sheila Bell Roberts.  He was the father of one son.  He was a graduate of Eisenhower High, Yakima, Washington in 1986, attended the Grace Lutheran Church in Yakima, and had hobbies hunting, fishing, and karate.  He is buried in Terrace Heights Memorial Park, Yakima, WA.
  • Army - McClister, Sgt. Carol Sue. 01 Dec 89. Parma, MO.  Born February 02, 1959, Sergeant McClister was a motor transport operator when she died as the result of an accident in Korea.  She is buried in Parma Cemetery, Parma, MO.
  • Army - Mullen, Capt. William Peter III. 27 Dec 89. Norristown, PA.  Born May 26, 1959, Captain Mullen died of an illness while serving in Korea.

*Written by Bob Chester and posted on the website Military.com:

Histories for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 (HMH-363)

Sad Day in Korea 1989

I know some here remember this like it was yesterday.... Helo crash the 5th Marines and Corpsman who died in peace time 1989. This page is in honor to Sgt. James D. Zinser and the other 18 men who died in a helo crash March 20, 1989. They went down north of Pohang, Korea. I will never forget the sacrifice these men made to maintain the freedom so many take for granted. Jim Zinser was a good friend and several of the other men I knew from their days with 2/5. Here are their names (*indicates Marine was from Helicopter Squadron HMH 363.  All others were from 1/5.  Several of these Marines had transferred from 2/5 for this deployment.):

Cpl John A. Alfonso 24 Aztec, N.M. Rifleman LCpl Richard R. Anglin 22 Redlands, Ca. Rifleman 2ndLt Darren M. Bell 23 Tampa, Fl. Infantry Officer PFC Saul D. Castro, Jr 18 Lamont, Ca. Rifleman PFC Kurt R. Decker 21 Toledo, Ohio Rifleman LCpl Michael A. Depew 20 Red Lion, Pa. Rifleman HN Jimmie L. Fejeran Navy Corpsman LCpl Andrew A. Hernandez 19 Arnold, Mich. Machine Gunner LCpl Ronald A. Johnson 21 Simi Valley, Ca. Machine Gunner LCpl Anthony P. Longstaff 25 Waldo, Wis. Machine Gunner Cpl Brian K. McClusky 22 Brazil, Ind. Rifleman LCpl Wilbur S. McDaniel 19 Carthage, Tx. Rifleman Capt Michael McGreevy 27 Monmouth, N.J. Pilot * 1stLt David M. Pimple 25 Cochise, Ariz. Pilot * LCpl Carl B. Ratcliff 21 Bluefield, W.Va. Machine Gunner Cpl Keith N. Silha 22 Onalaska, Wis. Machine Gunner SSgt Jorge Verdugo 27 Nogales, Ariz. Platoon Sergeant 1stLt Kevin M. Wooten 27 Bowie, Md. Infantry Officer Sgt James D. Zinser 30 Portland, Or. Machine Gunner

The memorial has an inscription that reads: "This memorial was created not only to praise the noble souls of Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice during ROK and US combined amphibious operations, but also to remember the tragic Korean War and the blood shared relationship between the Republic of Korea and the United States. We, the civilians, officials and military of Kyung Buk Province erect this memorial here, where the late Marines' noble souls are alive."

Below is the list of survivors from this accident:

LCpl Rand C. Albert 22 Munhall, Pa. Rifleman Pvt Todd A. Bernhardt 18 Evanville, Ind. Rifleman PFC Frankline E. Bray, Jr. 18 Lompoc, Ca. Rifleman PFC Lavinski R. Brown 19 Los Angles, Ca. Rifleman Cpl David W. Garlick 22 Connellsville, Pa *Air Crewman LCpl Ismael S. Gomez 23 Santa Ana, Ca. Assualtman LCpl George S. Hagee 20 St. Louis, Mo. Rifleman PFC Thomas T. Hannah 19 Knobnoster, Mo. Rifleman LCpl David L. Jenkins 21 Vista, Ca. Rifleman LCpl Daniel E. Moody, Jr. 21 Grimesland, N.C. Rifleman LCpl Sam A. Pesuti 22 Pheonix, Az. Machine Gunner Sgt Timothy D. Sabel 23 Ripon, Wis. *Air Crewman Cpl Michael E. Scott 20 Garfield, Ariz. Rifleman LCpl Arthur J. Stilwell 22 Grenada Hills, Ca Rifleman LCpl Thomas W. Woods 23 Southboro, Mass. Rifleman

Below are miscellaneous e-mails from survivors and family member of both survivors and those who perished, as well as some who witnessed this terrible accident. The following is an e-mail from one of the survivors that gives us times and grid coordinates for the crash.

"Hello. My name is George S. Hagee, Cpl., USMC Ret. I was on the HMH 363 53A that crashed into the rice paddy 15 miles north of Pohang along with the rest of my platoon, Charlie 1/5, as well as our weapons platoon. Just for verification: Full External tanks, at 6:30 AM, 1st Platoon on Bird one, 2nd Platoon on Bird 2, Pick up was D+6 at dawn, 20 March 1989, to attack in the vicinity of GC 144932. 1/5 planned a helicopter assault by its reserve company, C. Co., 1/5, from an LZ at GC 154926. Insert was changed to LZ 57 at GC 124951. I was radioman for 2ndLt. D. Bell. By direction of SSgt. Verdugo., Platoon. C1/5, I helped to relay change to the pilot as we flew. I did not know Sgt. Zinser all that well, although he and Sgt. Plank held me upside-down over a fire pit while we were in Yellowstone. Long story, but we all got free gear, boots, out of it. I have had post crash (and for that matter, post BAMC contact), with most of the survivors, but have lost contact with L.R.Brown. I was wondering if you could help me in any way. Happy Thanksgiving to those who can no longer give thanks...GSH"

"Hello, I just wanted to thank you for your site [Military.com]. I never knew there was a memorial dedicated to the young men we lost in Korea that day. My son, David Garlick, is one of the survivors. I'd be more than happy for any of the families to contact me through email and give those emails to David, as he isn't online at this time. My email address is: suezqueus@yahoo.com. Again, thank you so much for the site,,,, Linda Zweck"

"I decided to search for my brother's name on google.com. maybe because it is coming up on the anniversary of his death. This lead me to your website [Military.com] about the Ch-53 crash in Korea on March 20, 1989. My brother was the pilot on the helicopter and I miss him. I just wanted to say Thank you for taking the time to put this site [Military.com] together. Chris McGreevy"

"Found your HMH-363 website [Military.com] today when I was looking for some info. Great Site. I was the ordnance chief and an aircrewman of HMH-363 when we deployed to Pohang for Team Spirit. It is a day which will live in my memory forever. Capt. McGreevy and 1st Lt. Pimple were two of the finest men and officers I have ever had the opportunity to fly, serve with and know. For knowing them I feel extremely fortunate. It was very nice to see comments from Dave Garlic's mom and Chris McGreevy, Mike's brother. I would like to correspond with them if that is possible. From a former Red Lion, Thank You [Military.com] for caring enough to immortalize the great Marines (including our brother corpsman) who died in defense of freedom. As long as we take the time to remember them in our hearts and minds they will live on forever. Semper Fi, Todd Daubenspeck Sgt. First Class US Army - USMC 82-90"

"I was part of the crew of the other CH-53. I was standing in the crew door as we descended into the LZ. The crew chief (Mike Cannell) was back at the ramp. The pilot and I watched the crash happen. I saw Dave Garlick run out of the back of the fuselage on fire, and fall to the ground. I see it now just as vivid as 14 yrs ago this week. We took (if my memory is correct) seven patients out to the Belleau Wood. I was amazed to watch one corpsman attend to all of the victims. We tried to help as best we could, but I felt helpless. I didn't know Lt. Pimple well, but McGreevy was popular with the troops. He was the kind of officer that took care of his enlisted Marines. He'd have a beer with us (and most of the time he paid) during the bosses nights at the e-club. Later, when all officers and staff NCOs were supposed to leave, he'd remove his nametag from his flight suit and continue to party and shoot pool. I have lots of memories like that about Mike, not just about beer, but about his genuine concern for our welfare. Sadly, after going through all of his recovery to fly again, Tim Sabel (the crew chief of the crashed aircraft) was later killed in a crash at HMX-1 in Virginia. I've always wondered what happened to Mike's wife and family, and of course how Dave was doing. Please print my e-mail address for all who would like to correspond: jody@universalmail.com. I would like to touch base with Mike and Dave's family. Semper Fi, Jody Stahl"

"My name is Christine Marker. My brother is LCPL Andrew A. Hernandez. I wondered if you knew him or know anyone who does? Thank you so much for such a beautiful website [Military.com]. For years I have been trying to find a memorial website but I haven't been able to find one until now. I was very close to both of my brothers. Our older brother, Eddie, died in a motorcycle accident five years after Andrew's helicopter crash. My husband and I named our first born son after the both of them. Any information you could give me about my brother I would greatly appreciate. Thank you for your time and again. Thank you for the website [Military.com]. Even though it's been 14 years, there is still an emptiness in my heart. I'm hoping to be able to (somewhat) heal. But I'm not counting on it. Thanks again for your time. Christine Marker."

"Hi. My name is Bryan McDaniel my brother was LCpl. Wilbur Scott McDaniel. He was with the C Co 1/5 on operation Team Spirit in 1989 . I was looking for some of my brother's friends from when he served. Michael Procter and I can't remember the guy's first name but his last name was Bender.  They both knew Scott. Me and my mom found this site [Military.com] and was just trying to get in touch with them. It has been a long time since then and I just wanted to say thanks for the site [Military.com].  As long as we can remember them they are never gone. Thank you and GOD bless. Bryan"

"I want to thank you for your web page [Military.com] honoring the Marines who died in the helo crash at team spirit in 1989. I served in the Marine Corps from 1986-1992. My first duty station, after Paris Island and Infantry Training School at Geiger, was at Marine Barracks New London, Connecticut. There were four of us Pfc's checking in together. I immediately hit it off with one of the Pfc's and we became instant friends. His name was Mike Depew from Red Lion, Pa. We became best friends and even went on leave to each other's homes a few times. His father was a former Marine who served in Vietnam. His mother was an extremely kind woman and he had a younger brother and sister who reminded me of my own. After one year at the barracks we got word that they were closing a bunch of the barracks on the East Coast and consolidating at Norfolk, Virginia and would be calling it F.A.S.T. Company. Once again Depew and I went to the same duty station. He was put in another platoon than I was, but since we were best friends I saw lots of him and we always found time to hang out at the e-club on base. After about a year at F.A.S.T. Co. orders were cut for about 100 Marines at the barracks who had the 03 MOS. Depew and I (both 0311's) were on the list. The list showed that we both would be reporting to the 1st BN 5th Marines. It showed that we would have 30 days to check in. I don't know if it's that way any more, but back then you always had leave available when you were doing a PCS move. So I headed to my home here in Tennessee and Depew headed to Pa. He called me about 2 weeks later and said he was going to go ahead and check in early and would call me and let me know what it was like. (We were both kind of apprehensive about this because even though we were 0311's this was to be our first time in the fleet). As promised he called me and told me it was good and all the Marines seemed to be pretty squared away. He told me that when he checked in they had assigned him to Charlie Co., so when I checked in to try and get in Charlie Co. I told him OK, and about two weeks later I myself was at 1/5 Headquarters checking in. I practically begged them to put me in Charlie Co. They wouldn't do it because Charlie Co. had about three more Corporals than they were billeted for and I was a corporal so there was no way. So I ended up in Bravo Co. 1/5. I checked in, found my squad bay, unloaded my crap and went and found Depew to see what he was up to. Not only did I get to know all the Marines in Bravo Co. but got to know a lot of them in Charlie Co. by hanging out with Depew. Right before we left to go overseas they gave us all a chance to go home on leave. It was near the holidays and since we were going to be gone for six months a lot of people took them up on it. I ran into Depew a few days later and he was in the dumps about not having the $200 for a plane ticket home to Pa. He also said his family was kind of on hard times and didn't have it to loan him and they were all upset about his not coming home for the Holidays. I didn't have it either, but I picked up the phone and called my Father (a former Marine 1957-60) and asked him to loan Depew the money. Depew got his plane ticket and went home to visit his family. Nobody knew this was to be the last time they would see each other. We reported back to 1/5 from leave and headed overseas. We started "Team Spirit" in March. Since we were in different companies when we were in the field we didn't cross paths much. However, late one evening Bravo Co. (I was 2nd squad leader in 1st platoon) was crossing a foot bridge that was about 20 feet over a dry creek bed. There were Marines down in that creek bed but since we were moving and they were completely cammied up it was hard to tell who anybody was. I heard someone yell "Sliger" down in the creek bed and when I looked it was Depew and he gave me the thumbs up sign and shouted "Get Some". He was killed the very next morning in the helo. It went down about half a mile from us. I didn't see it but I did hear it and saw the giant black cloud of smoke billowing toward the sky. I was sick for all the Marines but was privately praying that Depew wasn't on it. They came across our radios and said "Helo down, cease all radio transmissions......emergency use only". I found out late that evening that Depew was on that helo. I'm not ashamed to say that I (and most Marines there) cried. I cried for him and his family. I cried once again in that cold rain at Camp Muchuck at the memorial service. I since have talked to his parents several times and have written them several times. It sometimes feels like the whole world has forgotten those Marines. That is why it was such a pleasant surprise to find your web site [Military.com] and dedication. I will never forget Mike or those other Marines and the price they paid for all of us. I have a study in my house that is basically my "Marine room" . You know, promotion certificates, letters of commendation, platoon pictures, etc. I want you to know that dead center on my wall is a 5x7 of me and Mike while we were at New London. I also have a picture of the memorial service that I took at Muchuck. I married in 1990 and now have two daughters (aged 13 and 8). They both know about Mike and the other Marines and their sacrifices. Tomorrow (Veterans Day) I have been asked to come and be the guest speaker at my daughter's junior high school. I have about a ten minute speech to give and part of it is about the ultimate sacrifices that Marines make for their country. I am going to tell them about Mike Depew and those other Marines. Mike was the best friend I've ever had and I have an empty feeling in my heart when I think of him. Civilians will never understand the bond that Marines have with each other. If I live to be 100 I will never forget Mike and those other Marines and will tell anyone who'll listen about them. In August 1990 (I was by then a Sgt) Bravo 1/5 was sent to Saudi Arabia and eventually assigned to Task Force Ripper. The following February we went into Kuwait. (I know you know all this since you were there.) I'm sad that Depew missed that for he was a Marine's Marine and would have enjoyed the hell out of it. I'm planning a trip for next year to visit his parents and see his grave for the first time. When I'm there I'm going to leave my combat action ribbon on his grave. I want him to have it. I (like you) miss my friends. Semper Fi, Joe Sliger"

"Hey Dawg, Just wanted to say thanks for everything you've done to recognize us that tragic morning. My name is Art Stilwell, I survived the CH-53 crash on 20 March 89. I have searched throughout the years for something when my brother-in-law found this site [Military.com]. He was stationed at Lejeune. I was wondering if you had any additional info on the crash. I also know there was a VHS tape of the memorial service, would you know how I can find out how to retrieve that? Thanks again, I mean, really thanks, it means a lot. Art Stilwell (RET) CPL. USMC"


1990-91 Casualties

1990

  • Army - Cabarrus, SSgt. Jeffery Dwight.  02 Feb 90.  Creswell, NC.  Born December 02, 1956, Staff Sergeant Cabarrus served in multichannel transmission systems. He died of an illness in Korea.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Army - Farmer, Specialist Christopher Cornelius. 20 Feb 90. Sylvania, GA.  Born December 05, 1967, Specialist Farmer was 22 years old and a petroleum supply specialist when he died as the result of an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Friendship Memorial Cemetery, Sylvania, GA.
  • Army - Dement, Sgt. John Gavin. 13 Mar 90. Ovett, MS.  Born April 06, 1962, Sergeant Dement died of an illness in Korea.  He is buried in Tiger Creek Cemetery, Jones County, MS.
  • M.C. - Gribble, Lance Corporal Wayne Paul. 19 Mar 90. Norwich, VT.  Born July 30, 1969, Wayne was a tactical air operations module repairer who died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Weber, Specialist Martin Gene Jr. 20 Mar 90. Dallas, TX.  Born October 29, 1961, Specialist Weber died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Nicholson, Sgt. Gregory Stephen. 07 Apr 90. Ft. Washington, MD.  Born August 18, 1966, Sergeant Nicholson died in Korea as the result of an accident.
  • Army - Clark, Specialist Kevin Eugene. 12 Apr 90. Savannah, GA.  Born December 08, 1967, Specialist Clark died of an illness while serving in Korea.
  • Army - Lee, SSgt. James Kyuhyon. 14 Apr 90. Lakewood, CO.  Born February 08, 1961, SSgt. Lee died in an accident while serving as a Vulcan repairer in Korea.  He is buried in Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.
  • Army - Hogue, S/Sgt. Michael David. 28 Apr 90. Ft. Worth, TX.  Born May 14, 1958, Sergeant Hogue was a fire support specialist in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Bunting, SSgt. Gregg Martin. 06 May 90. Anamosa, IA.  Born August 03, 1948, Sergeant Bunting was a legal specialist in Korea when he died of illness.  He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa, IA.
  • Army - Burton, Pfc. Steven Chester. 15 May 90. Gibson City, IL.  Born December 01, 1969, Pfc. Burton was a military policeman in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City, IL.
  • Army - Blea, Sgt. Frank Napoleon Jr. 19 Jun 90. Amarillo, TX.  Born July 22, 1958, Sergeant Blea was an indirect fire infantryman when he died as the result of an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Hansen, Capt. Bonita Nell. 20 Jun 90. Palos Hills, IL.  Born May 17, 1962, Captain Hansen joined the ROTC from Northern Illinois University sometime in 1985/86.  She was in supply and materiel management when she died of an illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Vining, Sgt. Terry Lynn. 09 Aug 90. Hueytown, AL.  Born October 14, 1958, Sergeant Vining died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Egolf, Sgt. Albert Turner Jr. 20 Aug 90. Phoenix, AZ.  Born March 14, 1996, son of Albert Turner Egolf Sr. (1920-1997), Albert Jr. was a cannon fire direction specialist when he died of an illness in Korea.  He is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Maricopa County, Arizona.
  • Army - Johnson, S/Sgt. Ronald Darnell. 20 Oct 90. Little Rock, AR.  Born November 21, 1963, Sergeant Johnson was an infantryman when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.
  • Army - Cabarrus, S/Sgt. Jeffery Dwight. 11 Dec 90. Cheswell, NC.  Born December 02, 1956, S/Sergeant Cabarrus was working in multichannel transmission systems when he died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

1991

  • A.F. - Monteith, Sgt. Jeffrey Bruce. 17 Jan 91. Oxnard, CA.  Born November 07, 1964, the Air Force lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
  • Army - Boyd, Pfc. Steven Edward. 27 Jan 91. Diana, TX.  Born March 17, 1971, Pfc. Boyd was a medical equipment repairer in Korea when he died in an accident.  He was a Persian Gulf veteran who is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, AR.
  • Army - Wallace, Sgt. Phillip Darrell. 05 Mar 91. Wilmington, DE.  Born September 03, 1956, Sergeant Wallace was a bridge crewmember when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Howlett, Capt. Robert William. 13 Mar 91. Tacoma, WA.  Born December 07, 1958, Captain Howlett died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Cooke, Sgt. Michael Anthony. 25 Mar 91. Dayton, OH.  Born January 01, 1961, Sergeant Cooke was a chemical operations specialist when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, OH.
  • Army - McCabe, Pvt. Timothy Lee. 17 May 91. Roseville, OH.  Born August 04, 1971, Private McCabe was a laundry and bath specialist when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Mount Horeb Cemetery, Perry County, OH.
  • A.F. - Christian, Sgt. James Allen Jr. 26 Jun 91. Cloquet, MN.  Born July 26, 1968 in Two Harbors, MN.  The Air Force lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Cloquet, MN.
  • Army - Nichols, Pfc. Glen Patrick. 05 Sep 91. Simi Valley, CA.  Born December 01, 1969, the Army lists Pfc. Nichols' death as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Poore, Brigadier General Randolph Thomas. 19 Sep 91. Bethesda, MD.  Born April 11, 1944, General Randolph was in maintenance management when he died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Kirl, Senior Master Sergeant Roger Eugene. 02 Oct 91. Walker, WV.  Born July 15, 1949.  Senior Master Sgt. Roger E. Kirl, 42, of Osan Air Base, Korea, died of an illness on October 2, 1991 at his residence. Kirl was a Baptist. He had been in the U.S. Air Force since 1968. His military decorations include the Overseas Short Tour Medal with One Device, Overseas Long Tour Medal with One Device, National Defense with One Device, Air Force Longevity Service Award with Four Devices, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with One Device, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Two Devices, Air Force Good Conduct with Six Devices, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with Four Devices and Meritorious Service Medal with One Device. His professional military education includes NCO Academy, USAF Senior NCO Academy, Air Force Supervisory Development Course and Air Force First Sergeant's Academy. He was awarded an Associates Degree Human Resources Management from Community College of the Air Force. He was born in Wood County, a son of Paul Alexander Kirl Sr. of Walker and the late Betty Vaught Kirl. He is survived by his wife, Chung Ye Kirl of Osan, Korea; one son, Chung Y. Kirl and his wife Tracey of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, N.C.; one grandaughter, Angela Marie Kirl of North Carolina; his stepmother, Barbara L. Kirl of Walker; seven brothers, Paul A. Kirl Jr., Ted R. Kirl, Charles E. Kirl and Dale Kirl, all of Walker, Thomas L. Kirl of Belpre, Mike Kirl of Parkersburg and Donny Kirl of Davisville; and four sisters, Nancy Myers and Connie Jones, both of Davisville, Terry Ball of Lubeck, and Joyce Cox of Point Pleasant. Funeral services were held Friday at Kanawha Baptist Church. Burial was in the Kanawha Baptist Church Cemetery.
  • Army - Taylor, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Dayl. 13 Nov 91. Beckley, WV.  Born May 26, 1963, CWO Taylor was an Ah-1 Attack Pilot when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Zimmermann, 1Lt. Roy Charles. 13 Nov 91. North Bridgewater, NJ.  Born August 29, 1967, Lieutenant Zimmermann died in a idair collision between two AH-1 Cobra helicopters during an NVG training mission. The collision occurred during an NVG tactical formation training flight at 150' AGL, A/C descended in a nose-low attitude with flames and sparks coming from the xsmn area, rotors barely turning struck the ground tail first on the downslope of a ridge, and was engulfed in a postcrash fire.  Also killed was Robert Dayl Taylor.
  • Army - Daniel, Pvt. Lonny Allen. 23 Nov 91. Ridgecrest, CA.  Born January 26, 1971, Private Daniel was a military policeman in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Desert Memorial Park, Ridgecrest, CA.
  • A.F. - Jones, Tech. Sgt. Michael Allen. 02 Dec 91. Clearfield, UT.  Born May 31, 1957, Tech Sergeant Jones died in an accident at Kunsan Air Base, Korea.  He is buried in Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, UT.

1992-93 Casualties

1992

  • A.F. - Hawes, Tech Sgt. Richard Lee. 22 Jan 92. Salem, IL.  Born May 21, 1951, Sergeant Hawes was an inventory management supervisor when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Weidenbacher, SSgt. John Scott. 23 Jan 92. Salt Lake City, UT.  Born July 26, 1957, SSgt. Weidenbacher, age 34, passed away in Yong San, Korea, from a heart attack.  He was the son of Harold and Audrey Weidenbacher and married Kum Cha Kim while stationed in Seoul, Korea. John served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. He was a strong, unselfish person that enjoyed life. He loved fishing, nature, and the outdoors. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Weidenbacher.  He is survived by his wife, Kum Cha Kim; daughters Wendy and Ruth; mother, Audrey Peterson (Deloy); brothers and sisters, Roseanna Cunningham (Daniel), Karl Weidenbacher (Lori) Ann McBride, Paul Weidenbacher, Mark Weidenbacher; and seven nieces and nephews. Services to be held February 11, 1992 at FirLane Mortuary in Spanaway, Washington.
  • Army - Hargrove, SSgt. William Ray "Billy". 20 Feb 92. Hot Springs, AR.   Born October 06, 1961, the Army said that he was despondent and committed suicide by hanging himself by parachute cord behind his home on a military base in Korea.  His body was accompanied home for burial in Arkansas by his best friend and fellow Desert Storm veteran, Sgt. Nurma "Mike" Carmichael.  Carmichael believed that his friend Billy was murdered.  The Hargrove and Carmichael families concurred that they believed Hargrove's death was a murder.  SSgt. Hargrove is buried in the Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.  Hargrove was a fighting vehicle infantryman.
  • Army - Armstrong, Sgt. William Timothy. 20 Mar 92. Boise, ID.  Born January 05, 1969, Sergeant Armstrong was a medical specialist who died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Carmichael, Sgt. Nurma Fay "Mike". 05 Apr 92. Santa Ana, CA.  Born April 03, 1954, he was a fighting vehicle infantryman.  Two weeks after accompanying the body of his best friend home from Korea, Sergeant Carmichael was found dead on his 38th birthday.  He was found strangled by a parachute cord strung from the door handle of a metal locker inside his quarters at an Army barracks.  Like his best friend Billy Hargrove's sudden death, the Army ruled Mike Carmichael's death a suicide.  The Hargrove and Carmichael families believe that Carmichael's death was also a murder. Sergeant Carmichael is buried in the Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Navy - Robinson, Master Chief Petty Officer Ralph Sylvester. 08 Apr 92. Moss Point, MS.  Born February 08, 1949, died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA.
  • Army - Vasey, Pfc. Jennifer Leigh. 01 May 93. New Albany, IN.  Born May 10, 1971, Pfc. Vasey was a petroleum supply specialist when she died in an accident in Korea.  She is buried in Berea Cemetery, Berea, KY.
  • Army - Lamica, Specialist Alan Francis Jr. 25 May 92. New York, NY.  Born August 16, 1971, son of Alan F. Lamica Sr., Specialist Lamica died in an accident in Korea.  He was survived by his father, brothers Daniel R. Lamica and Christopher Lamica, and sister Sharon Lamica Webster.
  • Army - Ericson, Pvt. Mark Alexander. 12 Jun 92. Marshfield, MA.  Born November 11, 1971, Mark was a fighting vehicle infantryman who died in an accident.
  • Army - Bean, Specialist William Wayne Jr. 15 Jul 92. Dixon, MO.  Born January 03, 1962, Specialist Bean was a medium helicopter repairer when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Nicholls, Specialist Charles William Jr. 02 Aug 92. Pittsfield, MA.  Born July 08, 1971, Specialist Ncholls was a food service specialist when he died as the result of an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Burrows, Sgt. Major Roberto Luis. 04 Aug 92. Leesburg, FL.  Born April 13, 1952, Sergeant Major Burrows was a senior sergeant specializing in intelligence operations at Camp Cloud when he was killed by a South Korean as he was walking beside a Korean woman.  A 1968 graduate of Leesburg High School and sprinter on the school's track and field team, he was due to be transferred to Fort Hood, Texas by the end of 1992.  He was survived by his wife Song, daughters Traci and Maile, mother and stepfather Elise and Paul Hart, and siblings Anita, Tom, Tina, and Jack.  He is buried in Ft. Vancouver Military Cemetery, Vancouver, WA.  he was a career soldier.
  • Army - Strickland, MSgt. Richard Robert. 06 Aug 92. Portland, OR.  Born April 20, 1952, M/Sergeant Strickland was an ammunition inspector in Korea when he died of an illness.  He is buried in Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, WA.
  • M.C. - Salas-garcia, Lance Corporal Gilberto. 17 Aug 92. Reedly, CA.  Born August 11, 1972, Lance Corporal Salas-garcia was a general service marine when he died of an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Morales, 1Sgt. Ricardo Hernandez. 29 Oct 92. Leakey, TX.  Born June 10, 1951, Sergeant Morales was a field artillery senior sergeant when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Gerry, Pfc. Neal Charles Jr. 15 Nov 92. Canterbury, CT.  Born November 14, 1970, Neal died in an accident in Korea.  A medical specialist in Korea, Pfc. Gerry was the son of Neal C. Gerry Sr. and Rose A. Gerry (1934-2004).  His sister was Dana Jon Gerry (1972-1995).  Pfc. Gerry is buried in Dean Cemetery, Canterbury, CT.

1993

  • Army - Myers, Specialist Sheldon James. 11 Jan 93. Jamaica, NY.  Born October 04, 1970, Sheldon was an armor crewman in Korea when he was killed in an accident.  He is buried in Riverton City Cemetery, Riverton, UT.
  • Army - Carl, Pvt. James Sang. 05 Apr 93. Los Angeles, CA.  Born December 15, 1964, Private Sang was a cannon fire direction specialist in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Arnold, SSgt. William Kenneth. 13 May 93. Detroit, MI.  Born July 11, 1957, Staff Sergeant Arnold was a materiel control and accounting specialist when he died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Bain, Lt. Col. Thomas Lonneous. 11 Jun 93. Fayetteville, NC.  Born March 29, 1950, Colonel Lonneous died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Gardner, Lt. Col. Ralph Earl "Bark". 27 Jul 93. Milton, PA.  Born December 13, 1954, Colonel Gardnery was a 1976 graduate of the US Air Force Academy.  Stationed at MacDill AFB for a number of years, he was killed in poor weather when another F-16 landed on top of his aircraft, F-16C (87-0335), which was trying to take off . Pilot Lt. Col. Ralph Earl "Bark" Gardner had just arrived at Kunsan AB, Korea from MacDill AFB. The 56th FW which was closing down had just enough aircraft to fly for his memorial. He is buried in the USAF Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • A.F. - Huddleston, SSgt. Donald Lee. 15 Aug 93. Colorado City, CO.  Born August 13, 1964, the Army listed his death as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Perry-Wardale, Specialist Latonia Willea. 15 Aug 93. Alexander City, AZ.  Born November 01, 1966, Specialist Perry-Wardale was a petroleum supply specialist who died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - McClendon, Sgt. Tony Dewayne. 19 Aug 93. Tampa, FL.  Born January 04, 1970, Sergeant McClendon was a medical specialist in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.
  • A.F. - Kirklighter, Major Matthew Todd. 08 Oct 93. Jacksonville, FL.  Born September 10, 1958, Major Kirklighter died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Dunec, Sgt. Major Timmy Richard. 29 Nov 93. Standish, MI.  Born April 12, 1953, Sergeant Major Dunec was an ammunition supervisor in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.
  • Army - Wiltcher, Sgt. 1C Douglas Wayne. 04 Dec 93. San Diego, CA.  Born March 13, 1961, Sergeant Wiltcher was an infantryman serving in Korea when he died.  Army records list his death as self-inflicted.  Sergeant Wiltcher is buried in Ft. Bragg Main Post Cemetery, Ft. Bragg, NC.
  • A.F. - Harper, Airman 1C David Travis. 19 Dec 93. Hammond, IN.  Born September 26, 1973, Airman Harper was 20 years old when he died in Korea of what the Air Force lists as a self-inflicted cause.
  • Army - Huff, Sgt. Kathy Elaine. 30 Dec 93. Floyd, VA.  Born October 23, 1965, Sergeant Huff was a petroleum supply specialist in Korea when she died in an accident.  She is buried in Huff Cemetery, Floyd, VA.
  • Army - Farrelly, Specialist Bernard Everett Jr. 31 Dec 93. San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Born September 11, 1970, Specialist Farrelly was a medium helicopter repairer who died in an accident in Korea.

1994-95 Casualties

1994*

  • Army - Irey, Army Specialist Rhonda Leigh. 24 May 94. Visalia, CA - Born July 24, 1967, Rhonda was a heavy wheel vehicle mechanic.  Her death was ruled a homicide.
  • A.F. - McNutt, Senior Airman Christopher Michael. 18 Jun 94. Kankakee, IL.  Born August 27, 1972, Airman McNutt died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Johnson, Pfc. Christopher Charles. 01 Jul 94. Biloxi, MS.  Born March 11, 1975, Pfc. Johnson was an armor crewman when he died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Dawkins, Sgt. 1C Ronald. 17 Jul 94. Thomasville, NC.  Born February 09, 1953, Sergeant Dawkins was an ammunition specialist when he died of illness in Korea.  He is buried in Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC.
  • Army - McQueen, Specialist Steve Arthur. 02 Aug 94. Corpus Christi, TX.  Born October 10, 1967, Specialist McQueen was a cavalry scout when he died in an accident in Korea.  He was the father of Constance Victoria McQueen (1991-2006), and the husband of Cathey Irene McCaig McQueen.  He is buried in Ft. Sill Post Cemetery, Ft. Sill, OK.
  • Army - Smith, Pfc. Jason Lee. 06 Sep 94. Indianapolis, IN.  Born March 17, 1974, Pfc. Smith was an Avenger crew member when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Hernandez, Sgt. Roberto Estevan. 11 Sep 94. New Braunfels, TX.  Born March 06, 1973, Sinton, TX.  Sgt. Roberto Estevan Hernandez (United States Army) died in an accident Sunday Sept. 11, 1994, in Korea at the age of 21 years. He was born March 6, 1973, in Sinton, Texas, to Thomas Hernandez and Inora Garces Hernandez. He was a 1991 graduate of Canyon High School. He had lived in New Braunfels most of his life until he entered the U. S. Army on August 1, 1991. He is survived by his parents, Tomas and Inora Hernandez of New Braunfels; brothers and sister-in-law Theodore and Jessica Hernandez, Tomas Jacob Hernandez, all of New Braunfels; grandfather Abel Hernandez and numberous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Pedro and Victoria Garces. A rosary will be recited Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services are Saturday September 17 at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Rev. Jim Bernie officiating. Burial will follow in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery with full military honors. Serving as pallbearers will be Theodore Hernandez, Michael Garcia, Joe Jardon, Fabian Hernandez, Alex Acevedo and Andres Martiniez. Honorary pallbearer will be Vincent Ramirez. The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
  • Army - Robinson, Lt. Col. Craig Thomas. 24 Sep 94. Plaquemine, LA.  Born January 12, 1950, Colonel Robinson died of a heart attack while serving as battalion commander in U.S. Special Forces in South Korea. He was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and Panama.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. He was survived by his wife Janet Robinson and daughters Hillary and Courtney Robinson.
  • A.F. - Alston, Capt. William Michael. 06 Oct 94. Fresno, CA - Born January 12, 1967, William died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Karlson, Capt. Edward Joseph. 06 Oct 94. Northridge, CA.  Born November 05, 1964, Captain Karlson died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Kutscher, Senior Airman Jason Chester. 06 Oct 94. Port Washington, NY.  Born January 06, 1971, Jason was killed in a training accident at the age of 24.  According to the PJs in Vietnam website, Jason Kutscher was not scheduled to fly on the aircraft that crashed. The Pararescueman who was scheduled to fly needed some time off for a personal matter and asked Jason to take the flight for him. Jason enjoyed the training that flying provided and gladly took the fateful flight. Jason grew up on Long Island, New York and lived near the 102nd Air Rescue Squadron. He frequently saw that units aircraft flying nearby and learned about Pararescue. He was the recipient of both the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.  The AF Commendation Medal was for meritorious service as a pararescue specialist while serving with the 33d Rescue Squad, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan, from 17 April to 06 October 1994.
  • A.F. - Setaro, Senior Airman Richard Michael Jr. 06 Oct 94. Worcester, MA.  Born August 9, 1971, Richard was a USAF Pararescuman when an HH-60 TDY to Korea from the 33 RQS Kadena AB with the call sign of "Jolly 04" crashed at Joch Weon, Korea. All of the aircrew were killed in the crash. 
  • A.F. - Zurawski, Senior Airman Frank Howard. 06 Oct 94. Chicago, IL.  Born October 16, 1971, Airman Zurawski died as the result of an accident in Korea. 
  • Army - Richardson, Sgt. Maurice Xavier. 22 Nov 94. Atlanta, TX.  Born May 29, 1968, Sergeant Richardson was a signal support systems specialist when he died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Mooney, Specialist Barbara Jean. 27 Nov 94. Hephzibah, GA.  Born September 11, 1963, Barbara died of an illness in Korea.

*Alston, Karlson, Kutscher, Setaro and Zurawski were killed in the same accident.  According to the "PJs in Vietnam" website, "The Jolly 04 crew were TDY to Korea to provide search and rescue alert coverage for USAF fighter aircraft assigned to bases in the Republic of Korea. The flight profile on the night of the accident was a training night vision goggle (NVG) flight. Jolly 04 flew into high tension wires and subsequently crashed. It is believed that all of the crew members died on impact. South Korean military were quickly on the scene and took an interview from a Korean truck driver who heard the crash and alerted authorities."

1995

  • Army - Clement, SSgt. Carl Anthony. 10 Jan 95. Sunapee, NH - Born December 17, 1963, Carl was a power generation equipment repairer who died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Daire, Sgt. Kenneth Anthony III. 10 Jan 95. Belton, MO.  Born October 10, 1970, Sergeant Daire was a personnel administration specialist who died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Belton Cemetery, Belton, MO.
  • Army - Hall, SSgt. James Allen. 10 Jan 95. Paducah, KY.  Born November 19, 1964, Sergeant Hall was a unit supply sergeant in Korea when he died as the result of an accident.  He was married on March 6, 1990 to Son Hui Hall.  He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ledbetter, KY.
  • Army - Smith, Pvt. Russell Edward Jr. 05 Feb 95. Salton City, CA.  Born September 18, 1976, Private Smith was a personel record specialist when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Santos, Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Jr. 11 Feb 95. Lawton, OK.  Born January 18, 1950, Sgt. Major Santos died of an illness in Korea.
  • Army - Traynor, SSgt. Richard James. 31 Mar 95. Pomona, CA.  Born January 06, 1964, S/Sergeant Traynor was a fire support specialist when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.
  • Army - Medley, Pvt. Christopher Lee. 09 Jun 95. Deerfield, VA.  Born July 12, 1973, Private Medley was a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer when he died of an illness in Korea.  He is buried in Oak Lawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens, Augusta County, VA.
  • A.F. - Estep, Senior Airman Patrick Shannon. 13 Jun 95. Mansfield, OH.  Born January 09, 1971, Airman Estep died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Pjontek, Pfc. David Paul. 20 Jun 95.  Murrieta, CA.  Born December 04, 1974, Pfc. Pjontek was an armor crewman when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.
  • Army - Brennan, Sgt. 1C Frank Paul. 28 Jun 95. Bronx, NY.  Born September 23, 1955, Frank was a petroleum laboratory specialist who died in an accident in Korea.
  • A.F. - Spears, SSgt. James Robert Jr. 02 Jul 95. Marietta, GA.  Born January 06, 1961, SSgt. Spears died of an illness while serving in Korea.  He was a Persian Gulf veteran and the son of Korean War veteran James R. Spears (1930-2005).  SSgt. Spears is buried in Kennesaw Memorial Park, Marietta, GA.
  • Army - Holden, Sgt. Michael Lane. 02 Sep 95. Anderson, SC.  Born August 29, 1973, Sergeant Holden was a telecommunications operator-maintainer in Korea when he died in an accident.  He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Anderson, SC.
  • Army - Zeitner, Clint Allen. 07 Sep 95. Tyrone, GA.  Born December 07, 1975.  Memorial by Dennis Estes:  "PFC Clint A. Zeitner, of Miles City, Montana, was seriously injured in a September 1, 1995, traffic accident on the Kyungbu Expressway, South Korea's main north-south highway, while on duty as a money escort. He was assigned to the 188th Military Police Company at Camp Walker/Camp Henry in Taegu, South Korea, 150 miles south of Seoul. As a result of those injuries, he died the following Thursday, September 7, 1995, at the Dong Kuk University Hospital. He was born on December 7, 1975, in Miles City, Montana, the son of Howard Scott and Melody (Heinze) Zeitner. Clint graduated from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia in June of 1994, and entered the U.S. Army in July of 1994. Following graduation from the Military Police School, he reported to the 188th MP Co, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade. On November 27th, 1994, he was assigned to duty at Camp Walker, Republic of Korea. PFC Zeitner's duty positions included: Patrolman, MK 19 Gunner, M203 Gunner, Platoon Leader's Driver and Platoon Communications Specialist. His service awards include: National Defense Medal, Overseas Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Army Accommodation Medal and Korean Defense Medal. Clint is survived by his parents, Scott and Melody; two sisters, Wendy and Al, and a brother, Brandon all of Miles City, Montana; Grandparents, Irvin and Lorraine Zeitner of Helena, Montana, Mencel and Eve Carey, of Red Lodge, Montana and Rachel Wildman, of Miles City, Montana; Janet Atterbury of Guernsbury, Wyoming, Selma Harn of Miles City, Montana, Alele Updike and Pearl both of Thermopolis, Wyoming and numerous aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his brother, Nicholas in December of 1982."  Pfc. Zeitner is buried in Custer County Cemetery, Miles City, Montana near his grandpa.
  • Army - Deak, Specialist Michael Gordon. 14 Sep 95. West Islip, NY.  Born December 12, 1972, Specialist Deak was a cannon crewmember when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Dorociak, SSgt. Leonard Adam. 23 Oct 95. Tonawanda, NY.  Born August 19, 1962, S/Sergeant Dorociak was a Uh-60 helicopter repairer when he died in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Adams, Pfc. Leslie Eugene Jr. 27 Oct 95. St. George, KS.  Born August 18, 1975, Pfc. Adams was a heavy construction equipment operator in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.

1996-97 Casualties

1996

  • Army - Loggins, Sgt. Terri Leigh. 31 Jan 96. Bowring, OK.  Born December 12, 1967 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Sergeant Loggins was a microwave systems operator-maintainer who died in an accident in Korea.  She married Alvin Lee Loggins 10 August 1990 at Ft. Drum, New York.  She was the daughter of Charles Neal Rippy and Janie Lee Bridges Rippy.  She is buried in White Rose Cemetery, Bartlesville, OK.
  • Army - Heckler, Command Sergeant Major August Emile Jr. 18 Feb 96. Long Beach, CA.  Born December 17, 1949, this Vietnam Veteran died of an illness in Korea and is buried in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY.
  • Army - Sierratellez, Specialist Victor. 22 Feb 96. Los Angeles, CA.  Born July 11, 1975, Specialist Sierratellez was a power generation equipment repairer in Korea.  The Army listed his death as self-inflicted.
  • A.F. - Olley, Chief Master Sergeant Charles Thomas. 06 Apr 96. Lakehurst, NJ.  Born September 03, 1943, this Vietnam and Persian Gulf War veteran died of an illness at age 53 in Korea.  Left to more his death was his wife Eldora Olley.  CMS Oley is buried in Reevestown Cemetery, Barnegat, New Jersey.
  • Army - Hill, Specialist Jeremy Scott. 18 May 96. Martinsburg, WV.  Born April 27, 1975, he was an infantryman in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg, WV.
  • Army - Miller, M/Sgt. Ronald Douglas. 29 May 96. Houston, TX.  Born April 01, 1957, M/Sergeant Miller was an ammunition supervisor when he died of illness in Korea.
  • A.F. - Mehrhof, Chief Master Sergeant Philip Peter. 09 Aug 96. Newark, NJ.  Born November 20, 1947 in Newark, NJ, he graduated from Weequahic High School in 1965.  He joined the US Air Force in 1966, served in Korea and saw action in Vietnam.  He was married with one daughter Lisa.  He served 30 years in the Air Force and was due to retire in October 1996 when he died of a massive heart attack at age 48 years.  He had at least one sister, Julie.  He is buried in Saint Stephens Cemetery, Warwick, NY.
  • A.F. - Santos, SSgt. Stephen Charles. 09 Aug 96. Assonet, MA.  Born April 05, 1964, cause of his death was listed as undetermined.
  • Army - Olivares, MSgt. John Rodolfo. 23 Sep 96. Angleton, TX.  Born June 16, 1955, MSgt. Olivares was a tactical electronics maintenance chief when he died of an illness in Korea.  He was the son of Rodolfo and Enedina Olivares.  He is buried in Restwood Memorial Park, Clute, TX.
  • Army - Zinz, Capt. Richard William. 10 Nov 96. Deerfield, OH.  Born May 09, 1970, Captain Zinz died in an automobile accident in Korea, where he was serving as a general armor.  The son of William Zinz and Bruna Domini Zinz (1936-2012), he is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Youngstown, OH.

1997

  • Army - Lindsay, Specialist James Sidney Jr. 25 Jan 97. Pleasantville, NJ.  Born June 19, 1975, Specialist Lindsay was a fighting vehicle infantryman in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.
  • M.C. - Deredita, Maj. Danny Alan "Popeye". 09 Feb 97. Syracuse, NY.  Born June 22, 1958, Major Deredita's body was not recovered following an air loss/crash in the sea while he was serving in Korea.  A veteran of the Bosnian War, he served 1995-1997 in a fixed wing unit VMFA (AW)-121, and was an F/a-18d qualified weapons systems officer.
  • M.C. - Nickles, Capt. Mark Robert. 09 Feb 97. Dupo, IL.  "Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) February 21, 1997: A memorial service for Captain Mark R. Nickles, 29, United States Marine Corps, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. James Church of Arlington Heights. Full military honors will follow the memorial service at the Maryhill Cemetery, Niles. Born in Oak Park, April 10, 1967, Captain Nickles passed away on Feb. 9, 1997, when his F/A-18D fighter crashed into the Yellow Sea west of Korea. He was a 1985 graduate of Lane Technical High School and 1989 graduate of Southern Illinois University. He was a beloved husband, son, brother, and fighter pilot. He is survived by his wife, Kellie, to whom he was married for six years; his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Andrew Kaliszek of Phoenix, Ariz.; his father and stepmother, Dennis and Rose Nickles of Bolingbrook; and two brothers, Mike and Chris. Donations for the memorial fund of Captain Mark R. Nickles can be made in care of New Life Lutheran Church. 249 N. Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. Burial: Maryhill Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum, Niles, Cook County, Illinois, USA.
  • A.F. - Williams, SSgt. William Kraig. 13 Oct 97. Calhoun, GA.  Born January 07, 1967, the Air Force listed his death as self-inflicted.
  • Army - McCuistion, Pfc. Kenneth Rey. 26 Oct 97. Amarillo, TX.  born September 04, 1977, Pfc. McCuistion was a radio and communications security repairer in Korea.  The Army lists his death as self-inflicted.  He was the son of David Ray McCuistion (1948-2005) and the brother of Miguel and Gabriela "Gaby" McCuistion.  He is buried in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, TX.
  • A.F. - Born, SSgt. Jeffrey Clark. 16 Nov 97. Clare, MI.  Born November 10, 1961 in Portsmouth, Virginia, he was the son of Glen and Sandra Smith Born.  The family moved to Clare in 1966 and Jeffrey graduated from the Clare High School in 1980.  He married Diana Wagner in Tacoma, Washington in June 1991.  He was a special agent of the Office of Special Investigations for the United States Air Force.  He attended Lake Superior State University and Central Michigan University.  He joined the Air Force in 1984 and had served at Fort Fisher, North Carolina and McCord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington, and was serving his second tour of duty in Korea.  He was survived by his wife Diana, children Megan and Jacob, his parents, and sisters Glenda Clough and Elizabeth White.  He is buried in Cherry Grove Cemetery, Clare, MI.  The Air Force listed his death as self-inflicted.
  • A.F. - Call, SSgt. Todd Wilson. 18 Dec 97. Manly, IA.  Born February 24, 1963, Sergeant Call died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Griffin, SSgt. Ricky. 20 Dec 97. Robersonville, NC.  Born December 24, 1960, S/Sergeant Griffin was a cannon crewmember when he died of illness in Korea.

1998-99 Casualties

1998

  • Army - Wiseman, Specialist Brandon Leigh.  05 Jan 1998.  Salt Lake City, UT.  Born November 11, 1975, Specialist Wiseman was serving as an armor crewman in Korea.  Army records indicate that he took his own life.
  • Army - Ross, Specialist Donald Erling.  02/23/1998.  St. Helens, OR.  Born October 08, 1963, Specialist Ross was an aircraft fire control repairman when he died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Fisher, Specialist Joe Edward.  08 Apr 1998.  Copperas Cove, TX.  Specialist Fisher was an information systems operator-analyst who died of an illness while serving in Korea.
  • A.F. - Watt, SSgt. Kevin Rudolph.  04/11/1998.  Kernersville, NC.  Born August 03, 1968, SSgt. Watt died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Hillcrest Gardens, Mount Holly, NC.
  • Army - Seo, in Pom.  06/08/1998.  Born February 05, 1964, Staff Sergeant Seo died of illness in Korea.
  • Army - Mason, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Riley William Jr.  06/30/1998, Sturgis, MI.  CWO Mason was born January 05, 1971.  He was a Uh-60 pilot when his aircraft crashed into a mountain approx. 100' down-slope from the peak near Kapyong.
  • Army - Shears, Specialist Ryan Jacob.  06/30/1998, Colorado Springs, CO.  Born February 09, 1977, Specialist Shears died when his aircraft crashed into a mountain approx 100' down-slope from the peak near Kapyong. He was a Uh-60 helicopter repairer.
  • Army - Flecker, 1Lt. Norman Thomas Sigmund.  06/30/1998, Waynesboro, VA.  Born March 27, 1974, Lieutenant Flecker was assigned to general aviation when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
  • Army - Dunavent, Sgt. Charlie William. l 08/05/1998.  Howey-in-the-hills, FL.  Born January 22, 1971, Sergeant Dunavent was a multiple launch rocket system repairer when he died of illness while stationed in Korea.  He is buried in Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Tennessee.  He was a Persian Gulf veteran.  He married Shannon Marie Dechello on April 29, 1992 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The couple moved to Ft. Sill in February 1993 and they had three children: Tabitha Helen Dunavent, Charles Sebastien Dunavent, and Ivy Marie Dunavent.  Shannon died January 03, 2013. 
  • Army - Name not yet found.  06 Aug 1998.  At Suwon Air Base south of Seoul, a U.S. Army soldier was killed after falling into a flooded ditch following torrential rains.  He was from the 143rd Air Defense Artillery Battalion assigned to the air base.
  • Army - Patterson, SPC Thomas D. 06 Aug 1998.  Indianapolis, IN. "At about 0300 hours on 6 Aug 1998, after hours of torrential monsoon rains, the side of a mountain collapsed and blocked a river that ran along the perimeter of Camp Red Cloud. The raging water diverted through the center of the camp and inundated every thing in its path, including the 2nd Infantry Division Museum. When the floodwaters hit, most people were sleeping and those caught in the waters struggled to survive the chaos and confusion. Sadly 3 US soldiers died that dreadful night."
  • Army - Warner, SSgt Jennifer Terry  06 Aug 1998.  Tullahoma, TN.  Born July 01, 1963, Jennifer was a food services specialist.  "At about 0300 hours on 6 August 1998, after hours of torrential monsoon rains, the side of a mountain collapsed and blocked a river that ran along the perimeter of Camp Red Cloud. The raging water diverted through the center of the camp and inundated every thing in its path, including the 2nd Infantry Division Museum. When the floodwaters hit, most people were sleeping and those caught in the waters struggled to survive the chaos and confusion. Sadly three US soldiers died that dreadful night."
  • Army - Knipping, Sgt. 1C Donald James Jr.  08/08/1998.  Yuba City, CA.  Born March 17, 1962, Sergeant Knipping died in an accident while serving as a satellite communications systems operator-maintainer in Korea.
  • Army - Patterson, Specialist Thomas Dawayne.  08/08/1998.  Indianapolis, IN.  Born April 29, 1971, Specialist Patterson was a food services specialist in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • Army - McAdams, Pfc. Bernard. 09/1998.  Penfield, NY.  Born August 15, 1977, he is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Penfield, New York.  Speech by Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY):  "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay my respects to a young man from my district who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Bernard McAdams was proudly serving his country at Suwon Air Base as a member of the First 43rd Air Defense Artillery Battalion, south of Seoul, South Korea. In less than two years in the military, McAdams won commendations for sharpshooting, bravery, and leadership. Yet, his ultimate act of leadership ultimately cost him his life. Last month, Private McAdams was assisting civilians amidst torrential rains on the Korean peninsula when he and two other soldiers were killed in a mudslide. However, while these great forces of nature were able to sweep him away from his family and friends, no power exists that can ever rob us of the sprint that he left behind. A graduate of Penfield High School near Rochester, New York, Bernard McAdams was known for his kindness, his intelligence, and his generosity. He grew up participating in activities such as the Boy Scouts, and Jack and Jill of America, a volunteer service club. He was a lover of Shakespeare, history, sports and art. In particular, many will remember him for his skill and interest in cartooning. Private McAdams was also a man of faith who was known for often reading and re-reading the Bible.  Mr. Speaker, the people who knew Private First Class Bernard McAdams III will forever be touched by the short time that he had in this world. This young man died as he lived, as a hero and as a role model. I send my condolences to his family and on behalf of my colleagues, offer my thanks and admiration for representing this nation with honor and dignity."
  • Army - Biondo, Pvt. Joseph Anthony.  10/31/1998.  Livermore, CA.  Born August 17, 1978, Private Biondo was a fire support specialist in Headquarters, Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey.  He was a 1997 graduate of Granada High School Class of 1997.  He died when the M981 Fire Support Armored Vehicle he was in plunged off a bridge over the Imjin River, 25 miles north of Seoul.  Three other soldiers were also killed.  Survivors were 2Lt. Christopher T. Adams of Salt Lake City and Pvt. Steven M. Mendes of Huntsville, Texas.  Adams and Mendes were treated for hypothermia and released.
  • Army - Brantley, Pfc. Joey.  10/31/1998.  Davenport, Iowa.  He died when the M981 Fire Support Armored Vehicle he was in plunged off a bridge over the Imjin River, 25 miles north of Seoul.  "Davenport, November 1998 — Services for Army Pfc. Joey Brantley, 21, of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation is 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Brantley died Saturday, October 31, 1998, while on duty in South Korea. He had served in the Army since 1997. Joey was born June 23, 1977, to Felton and Chom Suk Brantley in Uijungbu, South Korea. He graduated from Davenport North High School in 1995, where he had played football and was an active member of his senior class. He attended the University of Iowa for two years. In 1992, Joey became a volunteer disc jockey at radio station KALA-FM. He was one of the youngest DJs at the station, where he first soloed on the air in 1993. He used the name "DJ Smooth” and was affectionately known simply as “Smooth” by the other DJs at the station. Joey loved people and was always ready to help others. His smile and big heart broke through a lot of barriers. He loved his family and his country. Memorials may be made to his sister Jacqueline's scholarship fund. Survivors include his parents, Felton and Chom Brantley, of Davenport and Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Jacqueline Jean Brantley, Raleigh; his grandmother, Son Lee, and several other relatives in South Korea. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Wade Leon Brantley, in 1998."
  • Army - Buis, Specialist James V. 10/31/1998.  Richmond, VA.  Born March 15, 1974, he died when the M981 Fire Support Armored Vehicle he was in plunged off a bridge over the Imjin River, 25 miles north of Seoul. 
  • Army - Walsh, Sgt. Bryan Thomas 11/01/1998.  University Place, WA.  Born 01/31/1975, he was the son of Vietnam veteran William Paul Walsh (1942-2009) and was a fire support specialist while serving in Korea.  He died when the M981 Fire Support Armored Vehicle he was in plunged off a bridge over the Imjin River, 25 miles north of Seoul.  He is buried in Dumont Cemetery, Dumont, IA.
  • Army - Thompson, Pvt. Lance Jon.  11/19/1998.  Klamath Falls, OR.  Born February 22, 1976, this infantryman died of cardiac arrest in Korea.  He had been in the Army infantry for one year and nine months.  Born in Medford, Oregon, son of Bruce and Tallie Lynn Wilson Thompson, he lived in Sams Valley until his family moved to Klamath Falls in 1963.  He graduated from Henley High School in 1994.  He enjoyed fishing, shooting trap, horseback riding, and camping the back country with his family.  He was in 4-H, FFA, the public speaking team and parliamentary procedure debate team, the Forestry Club and VFW.  In 1993 he won FFA grand champion market lamb and grand champion sheep showmanship at the Klamath County Fair.  He also won several grand championships and showmanship awards with dairy cows.  He is buried in Eagle Point National Cemetery, Jackson County, Oregon.
  • Army - Farquhar, Lt. Col. Wayne Clifton.  12/03/1998.  Born September 03, 1959, Colonel Farquhar was killed in a civilian construction accident in Seoul, Korea.  He was crushed to death by some falling material while walking to his office to prepare a report on his day off and was walking on a public sidewalk.  News Release - San Antonio, TX - Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Clifton "Cliff" Farquhar, passed away December 3, 1998 in Seoul Korea, while serving on active duty in the United States Army, while assigned to the United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command Headquarters.  LTC Farquhar was born 3 of September 1959 at Fort Bragg, NC. He entered the Army after completing ROTC at Texas A&M. Commissioned into the Corps of Engineers, his formal military education included the Engineer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Ranger School, and the Command and General Staff College. He served as Operations Officer, Yakima, Washington; Brigade Engineer; Commander, Company D, 15th Engineer Battalion. Fort Lewis, Washington; Project Engineer, Seattle Engineer District: Plans Officer and Chief Engineer Branch, USA Operations, Test and Evaluation TEXCOM, Fort Hood; Brigade Adjutant, Engineer Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and as Battalion Executive Officer 299th Engineer Battalion, also at Fort Hood. His current duty assignment was as Duty Director of Operations at Command Center Seoul, the Theater Headquarters. His awards include the Legion of Merit (posthumously): Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with 2 OLC; Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Ribbon; Army Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; and Overseas Ribbon. LTC Farquhar is survived by his wife, Teressa, a daughter Rebecca, mother Patricia Montgomery, and siblings.  He was buried in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with full honors.
  • Army - SSgt. Clarence Michael.  12/09/1998.  Brookfield, MO.  A combat engineer in Korea, the Army listed Staff Sergeant's death as self-inflicted.

1999

  • Army - Hopkins, Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Lamar.  02/04/1999.  Charlotte, NC.  Born December 02, 1969, CWO Hopkins was a Uh-60 pilot when he was killed in an accident in Korea.
  • Army - Brown, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Lawrence.  02/04/1999. Rapid City, SD.  Born April 16, 1963, the plane of this Uh-60 pilot crashed in the Twin Bridges Training Area 20 miles north of Seoul at approximately 1235 hours while observing a division training exercise that was in progress ("Warsteed").
  • Navy - Scott, Petty Officer 2C Marcus Van Eric.  02/19/1999.  Ludowici, GA.  Born October 04, 1966, Scott was an operations specialist in Korea when he died of an illness.
  • A.F. - Clark, SSgt. Wilbert Louis Jr. 03/22/1999. Wilmington, DE. Wilbert was born September 17, 1968.  The Air Force lists his death as self-inflicted.  He is buried in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, New Castle County, DE.
  • Army - Davis, Sgt. 1C Rodney Eugene. 03/22/1999. Chicago, IL.  Born June 21, 1959, he was a Cavalry Scout in Korea when he died in an accident.
  • Army - Hayden, Spec. John Brandon.  04/15/1999.  Duncanville, AL.  Born June 04, 1977, Specialist Hayden was an infantryman when he died in an accident in Korea.  He is buried in Union Cemetery, Mertz, Alabama.
  • Army - Balcombe, Sgt. 1C Jeanne Margaret.  08/21/1999. McMinnville, OR.  Sergeant Balcombe was born November 08, 1966.  While on duty on August 21st 1999, with the 1/55 Military Police Company, Balcombe's quick thinking and selfless response safeguarded and protected others at the Troop Medical Clinic at Camp Red Cloud, Korea. She placed herself in harm's way between three soldiers and an armed gunman, and lost her life.  Sergeant Jeanne Balcombe was shot and killed at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, by one of her own soldiers. The suspect, who was drunk at the time, was upset that Sergeant Balcombe had ordered a blood test on one of the suspect's friends. He then overpowered a South Korean soldier stationed at the base and took his sidearm. He shot Sergeant Balcombe three times, including once in the head, before fleeing the base. He was captured later in the day by Korean National Police officers with the murder weapon still in his possession. The suspect was convicted of capital murder by General Court Martial and sentenced to life in prison.
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    "News-Register, McMinnville, Oregon, August 28, 1999
    A funeral for former McMinnville resident Sgt. 1st Class Jeanne M. Balcombe of Lakewood, Washington, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Macy & Son Funeral Directors, McMinnville. The Rev. Steve Ross of McMinnville United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment with military honors will be held in Evergreen Memorial Park, McMinnville.
    Mrs. Balcombe died August 21, 1999, in Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, after being mortally wounded in the line of duty as an Army military police officer. She was 32.  Born November 8, 1966, in Fort Lewis, Wash., she was the daughter of Willard Edward and Alice Anne Robinson Hamilton. She moved to North Carolina as a baby, then to Sheridan when she was 3 years old. She attended first grade in Sheridan. Her family moved in August 1973 to McMinnville, where she was raised and educated. In 1984, she joined the Army. She was stationed at Camp Red Cloud at the time of her death. She and Harvey "Mike" Balcombe were married April 9, 1989, in McMinnville. Mrs. Balcombe loved to play softball and soccer. She was an avid bowler and liked to bike with her family. Survivors include her husband, of Lakewood, Washington; two daughters, Alice Balcombe and Kristin Balcombe, both of Lakewood, Washington; her parents, of McMinnville; four brothers, Dave Hamilton, John Hamilton and Tom Hamilton, all of McMinnville, and Rick Hamilton of Nevada; and a sister, Jennifer Wolfe of Idaho Falls, Idaho."
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    SFC Balcombe entered the Army in 1984 as a parachute rigger and reclassified into the MP Corps Regiment in 1988. Her previous assignments include the Republic of Korea; Fort McClellan, Alabama; Germany; and Fort Lewis, Washington. She was a member of the prestigious USAREUR Sergeant Morales Club and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. After attending the MP ANCOC course, she was assigned to the 55th MP Company, Camp Red Cloud. Camp Red Cloud (commonly referred to as CRC) is a United States Army camp located in the city of Uijeongbu, between Seoul and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The installation was named after Medal of Honor recipient Corporal (CPL) Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr., Republic of Korea. While performing her duties, SFC Balcombe attempted to subdue an armed gunman and was killed on 21 August 1999. Those who had the opportunity to serve with SFC Balcombe knew she was a soldier's soldier who led by example. According to her husband, SFC (Ret) Mike Balcombe, who now resides in Oregon with their daughters, Kristin and Alice, 'Jeanne was the epitome of the NCO Corps. She loved being around soldiers and held high respect for her troops.'

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    21 Aug 1999 - Stars & Stripes, Korea
    From Stripes and wire reports

    SEOUL - A U.S. Army military policeman who allegedly shot and killed a fellow MP at Camp Red Cloud is in U.S. military custody, according to Associated Press reports. Pfc. Jacob M. Bowley, 20, from the 55th Military Police Company at Camp Red Cloud, allegedly shot and killed a sergeant first class shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday before fleeing the post with a 9 mm pistol and a vehicle, according to a U.S. Forces Korea news release.

    The incident triggered a nationwide manhunt by U.S. and South Korean authorities. Unconfirmed television reports said the suspect traveled in a taxi to Itaewon, about an hour south of Camp Red Cloud near Yongsan Garrison. How he traveled to Pusan was unknown as of 2 p.m. Sunday. South Korean police caught Bowley at 11:40 a.m. at a bank in Pusan, 200 miles southeast of Seoul.

    "He didn't resist when we apprehended him. But once he was in the police car, he tried to draw his pistol from his waist and we had to control him,'' said Kim Min-ho, a police investigator in Pusan, according to AP reports. There was no immediate explanation of why the pistol was not detected and taken from the suspect when he was arrested.

    Bowley admitted to having consumed large quantities of beer Friday evening, South Korean police said. They said they believe he was drunk when he allegedly shot the sergeant first class. "We could still smell alcohol on him, but he was not drunk when we apprehended him,'' Kim said. Bowley jerked and cursed as police tried to tie him down on a chair for questioning, South Korea's national MBC-TV reported.

    The victim was a woman, according to reports from Yonhap, South Korea's national news agency.  "She took my pass away!'' Bowley shouted repeatedly. Bowley was angry with the sergeant first class because she ordered a blood test on one of his friends in the unit to determine whether he consumed alcohol while he was off the base without permission, said Yonhap.  According to Yonhap, the woman was shot three times, including at least once in the head. She was on duty at the time, and Bowley was not, the agency said. Bowley seized the pistol from a South Korean soldier serving in the U.S. military, the command said. The soldier, Cpl. Suh Sok-soo, was badly beaten.  When he was captured, Bowley's pistol was loaded with one cartridge. He also had two magazines with 13 cartridges, Kim said.

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    31 Jan 2000

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Pfc. Jacob Bowley, who admitted fatally shooting his platoon sergeant in Camp Red Cloud's medical clinic last August, was sentenced Saturday to 56 years in prison. Military judge Col. Ronald White deliberated about two hours before handing down the sentence. Bowley, who turned 21 Sunday, also was demoted to an E-1 private, dishonorably discharged and will forfeit any pay. Bowley pleaded guilty Jan. 13 to killing Sgt. 1st Class Jeanne Balcombe, 32. Bowley was in the 55th Military Police Company, the same unit as Balcombe.
  • Army - Carr, SSgt. Kim Anthony.  09/4/1999.  Rupert, WV.  Born January 11, 1963, Staff Sergeant Carr died in an accident in Korea at the age of 37.  He was a chemical operations specialist.  He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO.
     
  • Army - Bennett, Pvt. Daffney Leah.  10/11/1999.  Richmond, VA.  Born December 06, 1977, Private Bennett was a food services specialist in Korea.  The government lists her death as self-inflicted.  She was a 1996 graduate of J.R. Tucker High School.  She is survived by her mother, Rebecca W. Philpotts; her father, Clay E. Bennett; a half-brother, Shawn E. Bennett of Mechanicsville; and her grandmothers, Margaret W. White of Staunton and Ada E. Bennett.  She was buried with military honors at Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond, VA.

2000-01 Casualties

2000

  • Army - Wright, Specialist Eric Levon.  02/09/2000.  Estill, SC.  Born November 19, 1967, Specialist Wright was a food service specialist with the 2/17th Fa when he died in Seoul, Korea of pneumonia.  He was a graduate of Estill High School and attended Spartanburg Methodist College and South Carolina State University. He was a Mason and attended Mount Olive Pentecostal Church in Estill.  He was survived by his wife, Cynthia Cohen Wright of Fayetteville, North Carolina; two sons, Demien and Brennen Wright, both of Fayetteville; his parents, Willie and Annie Wright of Estill; a sister, Tara Wright of Estill; his grandmothers, Ella Gordon and Pauline Youmans, both of Estill, and Lula Mae Busby of Lena; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.  He is buried in Cypress Creek Cemetery in Pineland with full military honors.
  • Army - Ruiz, Specialist Robert Francis.  04/08/2000. Emporia, KS.  Born June 07, 1975, Robert was married.  He was serving as a non-communications interceptor/analyst with Hhd 501st Mi Bde in Korea when he died of electrocution.
  • Army - Wright, Capt. Damian Pride.  03/29/2000.  Duncansville, PA.  Born December 01, 1971, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Harry "Sonny" and Barbara Kinash Wright.  He died of smoke inhalation from a fire while serving as commander, 2nd Infantry Replacement Detachment, Camp Mobile, South Korea.  He was preceded in death by his father and survived by his mother, brother John R. Romeo, and sisters Tina Romeo and Leigh-Ann Wright.  He was a 1990 graduate of Central Cambria High School and a 1994 graduate of IUP, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and a four-year member of the ROTC training program.  He was a member of the Indiana Reserve Unit and a 1995 graduate of A.G. Officer Basic Course, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, IN.  He served in the following overseas duty stations: 8th L.G.H.H.C. Area Support Group, Stuttgart, Germany where he served as S-1, and the 510th A.G. Battalion Detachment Headquarters where he was Operations Officer at Camp Casey, South Korea.  He is buried in Holy Name Cemetery in Pennsylvania.
  • Army - Soule, Sgt. Stephen Michael. 10/04/2000. Wilmington, DE.  Born June 10, 1975, Stephen was an animal care specialist with the 129th Medical Detachment.  He died of a drug overdose and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire.
  • Army - Pagcu, Specialist Ron Dungo.  11/04/2000, Alexandria, VA.  Born July 14, 1979, Specialist Pagcu was a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Engineer Battalion.  He was the driver of a government-owned vehicle when involved in a vehicle crash.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

2001

  • Army - Richard, Sgt. 1C William Neil.  04/14/2001. El Cajon, CA.  Born June 17, 1962, Sergeant Richard was an electronic warfare/signal intelligence voice interceptor with the 527th Military Intelligence Battalion, Camp Humphrey, Yongsan, Korea.  He was married.  He died of cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Army - Lee, Sgt. John Michael.  04/24/2001.  Tacoma, WA.  Born March 21, 1968, Sergeant Lee was a medical specialist with the 377th Medical Company at Camp Humphries, Korea, when he was killed in an automobile accident.  He was married.
  • A.F. - Lacey, MSgt. Willie Earl Eugene Jr. 04/30/2001. Chicago, IL.  Born October 15, 1961, Master Sergeant Lacey was serving with the 51st Supply Squadron, Osan Air Base, when he died of a self-inflicted, multi-drug overdose.
  • Army - Lee, Capt. James Joo.  06/10/2001.  Arlington, NJ.  Born November 29, 1973, Captain Lee was an engineer with the USA Element, US Forces, Korea, 8th U.S. Army.  He died in Yongson of vascular malformation of the brain.  He was married at the time of his death.
  • Army - Phillips, Specialist Latonya Michelle.  11/01/2001.  Richmond, VA.  Born November 16, 1976, Specialist Phillips was a practical nurse at the 121st General Hospital.  Her death was due to asphyxiation by hanging.
  • Army - Blake, Sgt. James Michael.  11/10/2001.  Chattanooga, TN.  Born June 21, 1971, Sergeant Blake was a Signal Support Systems Specialist, Hhc 304th Signal Battalion, Yongson, Korea, when he was killed in a motorcycle accident.  He was married.

2002-03 Casualties

2002

  • Army - Williams, Sgt. Torrence Lamar.  02/18/2003. Miami, FL. Born April 26, 1973, Sergeant Williams was a food services specialist, HHC 122d Signal Battalion, when he died of alcohol poisoning in Uijongbu, Korea.
  • Army - Greene, Sgt. 1C Rickie Rene.  04/07/2002, Opelousas, LA.  Born April 23, 1963, he was a track vehicle repairer with B-602 Aviation Service Battalion in Korea.  His death is listed as chronic alcoholism with liver disease.  He was married at the time of his death.
  • Army - Tyler, Specialist Tony Ryan.  04/18/2002, Helena, MT.  Born August 24, 1972, Specialist Tyler was a network switching systems operator-maintainer with the 552nd Signal Company, Camp Red Cloud, Korea.  The Army listed his death as self-inflicted smothering/suffocation.
  • Army - Holden, SSgt. Scott Bradley.  05/30/2002, Sikeston, MO.  Born August 27, 1969, Staff Sergeant Holden enlisted as an armor crewman and was reclassified in 1992 as a mental health specialist.  He was serving in Company C, 702d Main Support Battalion, Yongsan, Korea.  His death was a homicide.  He died of traumatic injuries sustained while trying to diffuse an altercation.  He was married.  He is buried in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.
  • Army - Boyd, Lt. Col. Andrew Martin.  07/12/2002, Knoxville, TN.  Born January 19, 1962, he died of cardiac arrest in Korea.  He was a member of HHC Medcom, Young San, Korea.  A graduate of Dyersburg High School and the University of Tennessee, where he was in Army ROTC, he went on active duty with the Medical Service Corps in October 1985. He had served in Germany, Fort Dix, N.J., Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Stewart, Ga., Fort Lee, Va., and Fort Bragg, N.C. He had been stationed in Seoul since September 2001 and was due to return to the United States September 2002. He was Airborne and jumpmaster qualified. He had been promoted to lieutenant colonel on July 1, 2002.  Survivors include his wife, Dr. Colleen Quinn Boyd of Fayetteville, N.C.; his parents, Joe and Mary Boyd of Nashville; a sister, Martha L. Boyd of Nashville; a brother, Dr. David Boyd of Jacksonville, Fla.; a niece, Sarah Boyd of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a nephew, Daniel Boyd of Jacksonville, Fla.  He is buried in the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.
  • Army - Saez-feliciano, Sgt. 1C Edwin Reyes.  07/29/2002.  Guayanilla, Puerto Rico.  Born January 06, 1961, Sergeant Saez-feliciano died of a heart attack while serving was a multiple launch rocket system repairer in the 61st Maintenance Company at Camp Stanley.  He was a Persian Gulf veteran and he was married.  He is buried in Cementerio Municipal #1, Guayanillo, Puerto Rico.
  • Army - Wallenburg, Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Joseph.  08/23/2002.  Montville, NJ.  Born December 22, 1961, CWO Wallenburg died when his aircraft crashed into a hillside on a nighttime mission near Chuncheon. The weather contributed to poor choices in altitude, airspeed and outflying the sensor.  Wallenburg, 40, was the pilot in command of the helicopter. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Cavalry Brigade at Camp Eagle and was survived by his wife, Kil Nam, and daughter Janice, 7, who lived in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
  • Army - Shannon, 1Lt. Dustin Garner.  08/23/2002.  Vassar, MI.  Born 10/06/1978.  Funeral services for 1st Lt. Dustin Shannon were held at the Martin Funeral Home in Vassar, Michigan.  Burial was at Riverside Cemetery immediately following the service.  Shannon was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Cavalry Brigade, Camp Eagle, when his aircraft crashed into a hillside on a nighttime mission near Chuncheon. The weather contributed to poor choices in altitude, airspeed and outflying the sensor.
  • Army - Shearer, Sgt 1C Todd Edward.  09/26/2002, Springfield, OH.  Born August 11, 1965, Sergeant Shearer was an infantryman with the United Nations Combat Service Battalion JSA.  He died of cardiac arrest at Yongsan, Korea, leaving a wife, Louise A. Shearer.  This Persian Gulf veteran is buried in Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool, Ohio.
  • A.F. - Duncan, Senior Airman.  10/13/2002.  Hammonton, NJ.  Born May 14, 1977, Airman Duncan was serving with the 8th Transportation Squadron at Kunsan Air Base when he died of cardiopulmonary collapse.  U.S. Air Force Senior Airman, Elwood C. Duncan Jr., 25, of Hammonton died suddenly on Sunday, October 13 2002, while stationed at the Kunsan Air Base, So. Korea.   He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1999 and took his basic training at the Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, and then was stationed at the Eglin Air Force Base, Ft. Walton, Fla., before he was transferred to Korea in July, where he was a heavy motor vehicle mechanic. He was a graduate of Hammonton High School, Class of 1995 and also attended the Star Institute Computer School, Vineland, and achieved the Purple Belt in Karate. He was previously employed at the Acme Market and Wal-Mart Stores in Hammonton before enlisting. Surviving him are: wife, Jessica Day (nee Richardson); mother, Catherine Duncan of Hammonton; father, Elwood C. Duncan Sr. and his wife Jean of Mays Landing; sister, Stephanie Heggan and husband Jason and their daughter Samantha of Hammonton; Grandmother Grace Jacobs and Aunt Evelyn Jacobs, both of Hammonton.  He is buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hammonton, NJ.
  • Air Force - Wahl, 1Lt. Todd Ryan. 10/31/2002, Bahovo Grove, IL.  Born October 2, 1976, son of Ian and Beverly Wahl, and brother of Aaron and Pamela Wahl.  Chicago Tribune News, November 11, 2002: "Even as a young boy, 1st Lt. Todd Ryan Wahl, 26, of Buffalo Grove knew he wanted to be in the Air Force. 'When he was putting model planes together, they had to be Air Force planes,' said his father, Ian. 'He was doing exactly what he wanted to be doing.' Mr. Wahl died Thursday, October 31, of unknown causes at his command post in Osan, South Korea. He was found unconscious at the bottom of his dormitory stairwell and was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Mr. Wahl was born in Tucson, Ariz., and raised in Buffalo Grove. He was a graduate of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire and a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where he received a bachelor's degree in business. Following graduation, he entered the Air Force and was stationed at a base in Tucson, where he was an aircraft maintenance officer. 'He wanted to be a pilot, but his vision was bad,' his father said. 'If he couldn't fly them, he could at least be around them.' In June, Mr. Wahl was sent to Osan, where he was in charge of the 51st Logistics Support Squadron. 'He was on his way to becoming a captain,' his father said. 'He wanted to make a career out of the Air Force.' He is also survived by his mother, Beverly; a brother, Aaron; a sister, Pamela; and his grandmother, Dorothy Posner. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Congregation Beth Am, 225 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove."  Lieutenant Wahl is buried in Shalom Memorial Park.

2003

  • Army - Roberts, Sgt. Joe Dale.  01/28/2003.  Citrus Heights, CA.  Born August 08, 1975, Sergeant Roberts died in an accident at Pyongtaek.  He was a network switching systems operator-maintainer with the 501st Signal Company when he died of asphyxia due to inhaling diflouroethane.
  • Army - Martinez-mejias, SSgt. Miguel Angel.  02/25/2003, Puerto Nuevo.  Born August 06, 1971, Staff Sergeant Martinez-mejias was 32 years old at the time of his death.  He was a construction equipment supervisor in the 82nd Engineer Company when he died in a medical seizure.
  • Army - Roussel, SSgt. Kenneth Francis.  02/25/2003, Utica, New York.  Born April 07, 1971, Kenneth was an Avenger crew member, Battery D, 5th Air Defense Artillery.  According to Army records, he died at Tongduchon, Korea, in a self-inflicted hanging.  "Staff Sergeant Kenneth Roussel, 31, of Hopkinsville, died Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at Camp Casey, South Korea.  A Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army where he had served 13 years, he was born April 7, 1971, in Rockland, Massachusetts, a son of James Roussel of Wilder, Vermont, and Karen Porter of Vershire, Vermont. Survivors include his wife, Melissa Jane Oliver Roussel; a son, Ryan Michael Roussel of Hopkinsville; two daughters, Madison Paige Roussel of Hopkinsville, and Janesse Thompson of Vermont; his mother-in-law, Linda Oliver of Princeton; four brothers, James Roussel of Kingston, Mass., Michael Roussel, Joe Roussel and Adam Roussel, all of Wilder, Vermont; a sister, Bobbi Jo Roussel of Wilder, Vermont; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 7, at 1 p.m. at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton with a military chaplain officiating, assisted by the Rev. Roger O'Bryan. Military services were conducted at graveside at Eddy Creek Church Cemetery, Kentucky."
  • Army - Manning, Sgt. David Lee.  03/16/2003.  Washburn, IL.  Born April 01, 1973, he was serving in Company C, 702nd Medical Battalion, Camp Casey.  His death was listed as self-inflicted hanging.
  • Army - Strickland, Sgt. Gilberto Yoself.  04/02/2003.  Murrieta, CA.  Born March 12, 1973 in Panama City, Panama, Sergeant Strickland was raised and educated in California.  He was a pedestrian in Yongsan when he was struck and killed by a government-owned vehicle.  He had been in the Army for six years.  He was assigned with the 44th Engineer Battalion at the time of his death and had previously been assigned at Ft. Hood.  He was a member of the Team Apocalypse Car Club.  He married Diannette Strickland on October 13, 2000.  He was survived by his mother and stepfather Eve P. Strickland of Virginia and Master Gunnery Sergeant (Ret.) Kenneth L. Reed of Ohio, sister Alyssa M. Reed of Ohio, brother Nicholas L. Reed of Ohio, and grandmother Catalina E. Strickland, Republic of Panama.  He is buried in the Killeen City Cemetery, Killeen, Texas.
  • Army - Devera, Pvt. Aaron Fortaleza.  4/04/2003.  Skokie, Illinois.  Born May 07, 1984, he was an infantryman with Company D, 2d Battalion, 9th Infantry, when he fell over a cliff at Camp Hovey, Korea.
  • Army - Castillo, PFC Melissa Merlyn.  06/04/2003.  Flushing, New York.  Born July 08, 1984, she was a chemical operations specialist with the 4th Chemical Company in Korea when she died at Cha Jan Jni in a government-owned vehicle crash.  She was the driver.
  • Army - Snow, Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Wayne.  08/12/2003.  Greensboro, NC.  Born October 04, 1965, CWO Snow died when his aircraft crashed on a maintenance test flight 7 miles southwest of Camp Humphreys. The plane entered a spin while performing stall checks.
  • Army - Norman, Capt. Kevin Michael.  08/12/2003.  Sonoma, CA.  Born February 10, 1973, Captain Norman was married at the time of his death.  He died when his aircraft crashed on a maintenance test flight seven miles southwest of Camp Humphreys. The plane entered a spin while performing stall checks. He had been serving with the Army's 6-52 Aviation Battalion for a year and a half.  Son of Tim Norman, he was a 1996 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a former student at Justin-Slenea High School and St. Francis Solano High School.  He was a former volunteer fire fighter with the Schell-Vista Fire Department. He is buried in the Sonoma Veterans Cemetery, Sonoma. Captain Norman was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.  See as follows: "The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Kevin Michael Norman, United States Army, for heroism during aerial flight on 12 August 2003, while serving as Commander, Company A, 6th Battalion, 52d Aviation Regiment, 17th Aviation Brigade, Seoul Air Base, Korea. Through great courage and incredible flying skills, Captain Norman was able to prevent his disabled aircraft from crashing into a Korean village, saving the lives of an untold number of local national civilians. Captain Norman's heroic actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the 17th Aviation Brigade, the Eighth United States Army, and the United States Army. Narrative to accompany award: Captain Kevin M. Norman, United States Army, distinguished himself by exceptionally heroic actions and extraordinary flying achievement while participating in aerial flight in service to the United States as Commander, A Company, 6th Battalion, 52d Aviation Regiment, 17th Aviation Brigade, Seoul Air Base, Korea, on 12 August 2003. Captain Norman was flying a C-12 Huron on a routine maintenance test flight from Seoul Airbase, Korea when the plane encountered mechanical problems. He and his co-pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 3 David W. Snow heroically struggled to keep the failing aircraft from crashing into the homes of the local national population, saving the lives and property of the people of Kongse-Ri. Several witnesses, including Lee Chae-Soo, a local Korean property owner, said the pilots purposely steered the disabled aircraft away from the homes in the community. Chae-Soo was quoted as saying, “I'm thankful for those pilots, as I feel they sacrificed themselves to protect the residential area.” Despite the plane being on fire, the witnesses say it changed course and maneuvered away from the village. Lieutenant General Charles C. Campbell, the Commander of 8th United States Army at the time of the incident, said in an official press release, “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of these two heroic aviators who did everything they could to prevent civilian casualties.” Captain Norman demonstrated incredible courage and fortitude during this chaotic and terrifying accident. His thoughts and actions put the lives of others above his own. The people of Kongse-Ri are extremely grateful for his incredible flying skills and heroic actions that saved their lives. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the 17th Aviation Brigade, the 8th United States Army, and the United States Army."
  • Army - Pelotte, Sgt. Brett Eben. 8/19/2003.  Winslow, Maine.  Born July 19, 1969, Brett died of a heart attack while serving with the Armed Forces Network, Korea.  He was survived by a wife.
  • Navy - Passoth, Seaman Apprentice Ian Ilji.  09.01/2003.  Denver, CO.  Born February 13, 1984, he was a member of Comfleact Chinhae, Korea when he died from a 77 foot fall resulting in multiple fractures of his pelvis and extremities.
  • Army - Sarmiento-diaz, Pvt. Santos Lino.  10/13/2003.  Born July 19, 1984, he was an infantryman with Company A, 503d Infantry when he died of acute alcohol intoxication while serving in Korea.
  • Army - Ntsasa, Sgt. Qokolo Dennis.  11/11/2003.  Ft. Lewis, Washington.  Sergeant Ntsasa was killed when the vehicle he was driving slammed into a bridge support in Waegwan, Korea, which is 175 miles south of Seoul.  Four others in the vehicle were injured, including two U.S. soldiers.
  • USMC - Godfrey, Col. Michael Joseph.  11/11/2003.  Washington, District of Columbia.  "Michael Joseph Godfrey, Colonel, United States Marine Corps, age 50, of Nokesville, Virginia died November 12, 2003 in Seoul Korea of a heart failure. Michael was a Marine Corps officer serving his country for 27 years. Duty assignments included Headquarters Marine Corps. His proudest assignment in Okinawa, Japan as G4, III MEF where he conceptualized, acquired and implemented the Department of Defense's first High Speed Vessel (HSV) program. He was a Marine in the truest sense of the word; a great leader, with uncompromising integrity and principle; he was respected by all. He was a loving father and husband. The funeral liturgy will be offered Tuesday, December 23 at 8:45 a.m. at the Fort Meyer Old Post Chapel, Arlington, with Father Yageshi officiating. Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, with full military honors.
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    Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (December 23, 2003) -- Colonel Michael J. Godfrey, Commanding Officer of 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group returned home from Okinawa Tuesday to receive a full honors funeral and burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Godfrey, who died November 11, 2003,was in charge of Brigade Service Support Group 3 and was assigned as the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Forward) Commander in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, at the time of his death. The Colonel, whom many describe as a Marine's Marine, was born in 1954 in Washington, D.C., and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1976 and graduated from the Basic School that September. In July 1986 he was frocked to Major and assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, Marine Barracks, 8th and I, as company commander and was a White House Social Aide. During that time he was chosen to serve as Parade Commander for the 1988-89 Parade Season. This is where he picked up his distinguishing "8th and I walk" described by several of the Marines close to him. His other various assignments included duty with 2nd Amphibious Assault Battalion; 10th Marine Regiment; 2nd Marine Division; I&L, Headquarters Marine Corps; 3rd Supply Battalion; 3rd FSSG; 1st Marine Division G-4; Commanding Officer MSSG-13; G-4, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing; G-4, III Marine Expeditionary Force; and finally, Commanding Officer of both 3rd TSB and BSSG-3. The 3rd FSSG representative, Captain Kevin Collins, said that Colonel Godfrey will be missed throughout III MEF and the 3rd FSSG. "He was an innovative logistician, whose vision resulted in the acquisition of the High Speed Vessel for III MEF, transforming the way III MEF units deploy and train throughout the Western Pacific Region. As our commander, he taught us a great deal about the importance of maintaining a focus on readiness while balancing numerous other demands. As a leader, he was worthy of the respect and high regard he enjoyed from the Marines. Col. Godfrey had a leadership style that appealed to Marines at every level." The Barracks Commanding Officer, Colonel Daniel P. O'Brien, echoed the thoughts of Collins, also a former Barracks officer who served here from 1990 to 1993. "Mike was energetic, creative and a lot of fun. He was a great student of history and sought to make the Marine Corps better. His work with the High Speed Vessel in the Western Pacific will have a definitive impact upon the Marines Corps and how we fight." He is survived by his wife, Keiko, and daughter, Victoria. His personal decorations included Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal."

2004-05 Casualties

2004

  • Army - Zakka, Sgt. Esau Abdul.  03/16/2004.  Kansas City, MO.  Born November 18, 1972, Sergeant Zakka died of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease while stationed with Hhb, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery (155 Miss.) in Korea.  He is buried in Mid-America Muslim Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.
  • A.F. - Alfieri, Senior Airman Jeffrey Thomas.  08/05/2004.  Coral Springs, FL.  Born September 25, 1981, Airman Alfieri was serving with the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron, Osan Air Base, Korea, when he was accidentally electrocuted.  He is buried in Bethel Memorial Park, Ft. Pierce, FL.
  • Army - Todd-eckard, Sgt. Dean Glen Jr. 08/31/2004.  Canyon Country, CA.  Born March 25, 1983, Sergeant Todd-eckard was serving with Hhc, 307th Signal Battalion, Camp Carroll, Korea, when he was found dead of a self-inflicted hanging.

2005

  • Army - Moore, Sgt. 1C Edward Alton.  01/16/2005.  Los Angeles, CA.  Born May 29, 1967, Sergeant Moore died of heart disease while serving with Hhc, Troop Command with duty at Camp Casey-Hovey in Korea.
  • Army - Kelly, SSgt. Kenneth Lamond.  02/19/2005.  Goldsboro, NC.  Staff Sergeant Kelly was stabbed to death while serving as a supply sergeant with Headquarters Company 293rd Signal Battalion, at Camp Carroll, Korea.  He was a veteran of the Iraq war.  He was survived by his parents and nine year old son Tristan.
  • Army - Burmaz, Capt. Dion J. 2/26/2005. Placentia, CA. Age 28, Captain Burmaze was killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission at the Twin Bridges Training Area near the DMZ, Korea.
  • Army - Cowan, CWO3 Aaron, 2/26/2005.  Silver City, NM.  Born December 17, 1967, he was married at the time of his death.  He was serving as a crewman in A Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Aviation Regiment when he died in the General Hospital at Yongsan of blunt force injuries received in a helicopter crash during a training mission at the Twin Bridges Training Area near the DMZ, Korea.
  • Army - Burmaz, Capt. Dion Joseph.  02/26/2005.  Fullerton, CA.  Born 10/05/1976, Captain Burmaz was commander of A Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment - at Camp Page, South Korea, where he had been deployed in 2003. He had been trained to fly the AH-64D Apache Longbow Choppers. But on February 26,2005,during what Army termed "a routine training flight," the Apache took a sudden nosedive and crashed. Born in Torrance, he grew up in Fullerton. Survivors: Parents, Darko and Piedad Burmaz; sister, Shelley Burmaz; grandparents,Anka and Jack Burmaz, Rose Melo.
  • Army - Mathews, Sgt. 1C Richard Lee.  07/09/2005, Indianapolis, IN.  Born March 22, 1970, Sergeant Mathews, age 35, of San Antonio, died Thursday, June 9, 2005. "Schatz" will be remembered as a loving, devoted husband and father. He was a gun collector, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  SFC Mathews was a proud military man who served his country honorably for over eighteen years. Survivors: wife, Melanie Mathews; children, Brian Mathews and Jessieca Mathews all of San Antonio, TX; parents, Oren and Helga Mathews, Indiana; one brother and one sister. He was with the Hhc 2d Engineer Battalion, Camp Castle, Korea.  He died at Camp Hovey, with the Army listing his death as self-inflicted hanging.

2006-07 Casualties

2006

2007


2008-09

2008

2009

  • Army - Frankenhauser, Lt. Col. David F. 05 January 2009.  Lake County, Indiana.  Age 54, he was three weeks shy of retirement when he was hit and killed by a Seoul City Bus. "David F. Frankenhauser, age 54, died unexpectedly January 5, 2009, while serving in Seoul, Korea. He was the beloved husband of Marion of Baltimore, MD. He was the son of the late Donald and Madeline (McManus) Frankenhauser. Born and raised in Hobart, IN, he attended Purdue University, Fitchburg State Collage and Stevens School of the Bible where he met his wife of 28 years, Marian. David enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1974 and became a commissioned Army officer in 1983. In his service over the last 30 years, he served during operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, the Bosnia Conflict and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as Chaplain for the Steel Soldiers group. He was due to retire in three weeks. David loved his family and his country and his church, the Greater Grace World Outreach, and touched the lives of people all over the world with his unselfish giving and gifts of song and prayer. He will be greatly missed. Surviving him are his wife, Marian; his four children: Christian, Grace, Noah and Faith; two sisters: Janet Watson of Marco Island, FL and Schereville, IN, and Alice Wheeler (Gary), of Medfield, MA. He was preceded in death by a sister, Karen. Also left are many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. In his over 30 years in service, countless servicemen and women have known him or of him as his reputation traveled on the internet. The church site www.ggwo.org and the Facebook site, "David Frankenhauser, a man who loved all", include many glowing tributes to David's ministry. Burial will be in Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the David Frankenhauser Memorial Fund, Greater Grace World Outreach, 6025 Moravia Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21206"

2010-2011 Casualties

2010

2011


2012-2013 Casualties

2012

  • Army - Adams, Sgt. Shauna Brocklebank Adams.  28 March 2012.  Long Branch, New Jersey.  Sergeant Shauna Brocklebank Adams, 27, of Long Branch, New Jersey, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Pyeongtaek, Korea. Shauna was a lifelong resident of Long Branch. She was a 2003 graduate of Long Branch High School where she was in the National Honor Society and played varsity field hockey and lacrosse. Shauna then went on to Montclair State University, where she was a four-year outstanding lacrosse player on the varsity team. She graduated in 2008 with B.S. degree in Nutrition and Food Science. Shauna was well loved in her hometown of Long Branch. In 2010, Shauna enlisted in the U.S. Army and she was recently promoted to Sergeant. Shauna was currently serving in Korea. Surviving is her husband, Kyle Adams, whom she married on February 15, 2012 and is currently serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan; her parents, Nancy and Matt Brocklebank, Long Branch; her sisters, Maggie and Randi Brocklebank, at home; her maternal grandparents, Robert and Janet Frampton, Toms River; her paternal grandparents, Paddy and Buddy Brocklebank, Oceanport; her mother and father-in-law, Janet and Lenny LeBlanc, Thibodaux, La; and her brothers-in-law, McCade and Logan.
  • Army - Burks, Sgt. 1C Christopher Dante. 02/ August 2012.  North Carolina. "MEBANE, N.C. - Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Dante Burks, 40, of 2530 U.S. 70, died Aug. 2, 2012 at Chong Ju Republic of Korea. He was killed in a single-vehicle traffic accident between Sangju and Cheongwon, Korea on Highway 30 when his car hit a guard rail.  He was pronounced dead at a South Korean hospital.  He was the son of Mr. Fuezell L. Burks Sr. of Little Rock, Ark. and Mrs. Margarette Burks Fearrington (Otis) of Mebane, N.C. He was the husband of Mrs. Diana Jordan Burks of Korea.  Burks was the Maintenance Control Sergeant in the U.S. Army Support Area III, Camp Henry, Korea. He accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Fairlawn Tenth Street MB Church. He attended MCGS Gospel Service at Camp Walker Daegu, South Korea. He graduated with the Class of 1989 from R.S. Caldwell High School in Columbus, Miss. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. prior to his full-time enlistment into the U.S. Army where he served 23 years. He served two tours in Iraq and several other countries. He was recognized for many outstanding achievements. He performed extensive volunteer work and was an active participant of many organizations including the Oklahoma Jurisdiction Masons, Daegu Korea Girl Scouts of America, Hut Manager and Photo Historian for two years. He was a loving father, son, brother, husband, leader and friend who will be missed dearly. Christopher loved peace and often said, "It's not good to kill a person with your tongue because they lose respect for you. You don't always have to say what you think." Chris was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Survivors other than his wife include daughters, Kyera L. Burks, Ka-Imani L. Burks, Kalia L. Burks and Katara L. Burks, all of Hinesville, Ga.; stepchildren, Antonio Freeman of Hawaii, Jamika Bartley of Jacksonville, Fla., Kyana Goodman and Karlasha Williams, both of Korea; sister, Larita Burks-Brooks of Durham, N.C.; brothers, Fuezell Burks Jr. (Crystal) of Maywood, Ill., JuVante Burks (Sayonara) of Columbus, Miss.; stepsiblings, Darius Fearrington of Chicago, Ill., Dr. Nathan Fearrington (Carmen) of Graham, N.C. and Valarie Fearrington of Greensboro, N.C.; mother-in-law, Loretta Brooks of Jacksonville, Fla; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be Friday, August 24, 2012 from 1 to 8 p.m. in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home in Burlington. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 25 at Guiding Light United Holy Church, 1027 Jeffries St., Graham with Apostle Darren Leach of Genesis Dream Center, Columbus, Miss. providing the eulogy. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery in Burlington with full military honors. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church. The family will arrive at 10:30 a.m. At other times the family will receive visitors and friends at the home of his mother, Mrs. Margarette B. Fearrington, 2530 U.S. 70, Mebane. Services are entrusted to Blackwell Funeral Home, Burlington, N.C.
  • Army - Haas, David C. 28 July 2012.  Brunswick, Maine.  Deployed to Daegu, South Korea in November 2011, Captain Haas had completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan.  He and a friend were crossing a road around 11:45 p.m. in Gangham, near Koyobo Tower in Seoul, when he was hit by a city bus and killed. Portland Press Herald - "Funeral services for a United States Army captain will be held this weekend in his hometown of Brunswick. David C. Haas, 29, who had completed two tours of duty in Iraq, died July 28 after being hit by a city bus in Seoul, South Korea, where he had been deployed since 2011. "It seems so senseless to us," Haas' father, Joe Haas of Brunswick, said of the manner in which his son was killed. "It is just very upsetting to know he went all that time in Iraq and not a scratch. It's beyond belief." The community is invited to visiting hours, which will be held Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Brunswick High School. That will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial Monday morning at 9:30 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on McKeen Street in Brunswick. Haas will be buried later that day with full military honors at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. Col. Andrew C. Mutter, a spokesman for the Eighth Army Public Affairs Office in Korea, said Haas died July 28 as a result of injuries he sustained in a pedestrian-vehicle accident. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Capt. Haas during their time of loss," Mutter said in a statement issued Thursday night. "This tragic loss affects the entire Army family and we lost a great soldier." According to an article in by Stars and Stripes, a newspaper that covers the military, Haas and a male friend visiting from the Japan were crossing a road around 11:45 p.m. in Gangham near Kyobo Tower when a bus travelling about 30 miles per hour hit Haas. Seoul police told the newspaper that the bus driver is being investigated for "professional negligence." Haas' father said his son attended Brunswick schools, graduating from Brunswick High School in 2001; he served as president of his senior class. Haas won an ROTC scholarship that allowed him to attend the University of Richmond in Virginia. After graduating in 2005 with a degree in history, he embarked on a military career that would see him serve two tours of duty in Iraq. Haas was deployed to Daegu, South Korea, in November 2011. He was assigned to the 403rd Army Field Support Battalion. Haas was due to return home in November."

2013

  • Army - Adams, Pfc. Justin.  21 Nov 2013.  North Redington, FL. Stars & Stripes, November 27, 2013 - "Adams, 21, was born in Litchfield, Illinois, and enlisted in October 2012 as a field artillery systems specialist. After completing basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and individual training at Fort Sill, Okla., Adams was assigned in March as a computer operator and driver for the battalion operations officer. Adams was promoted to specialist posthumously. Adams is survived by his parents, Janet Elaine Mercer and Larry Lee Adams; and his sister, Amanda Elaine Killen. He was engaged to be married to Morgan McBride." [See * in this section.]
  • Army - Hanson, Maj. Evans.  21 Nov 2013.  Sugarland, TX.  See also Pfc. Justin Adams.  "Stars & Stripes, November 27, 2013 - Hanson, a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq, had served as the battalion operations officer since June after a stint as lead operations planner for U.S. Forces Korea. Hanson graduated from the University of Southern California in 2000 and later earned a master’s degree in public policy administration from Georgetown University. Following his tour in Afghanistan, he attended both the Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies. Hanson’s awards include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal."  [See * in this section.]

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*Stars & Stripes, November 2013 - "Two U.S. soldiers died [November 21, 2013] after their military vehicle fell into a river in the vicinity of a U.S. training range in South Korea, 2nd Infantry Division officials said Friday.  The soldiers were driving toward a training area at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex in Yeoncheon on Thursday afternoon when their unit lost contact with them, according to an Army statement. After an overnight search, the bodies of a major and a corporal were found about 10:25 a.m. Friday, according to a Yonhap News Agency report. The names and units of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, a 2nd Infantry Division spokeswoman said Friday night. The incident is under investigation. “We were all holding on to the hope that these soldiers would be found alive,” 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Thomas Vandal said in a statement. “Our condolences go out to their families and loved ones. This is a tough day for the division, as we mourn the loss of our own. “We appreciate everyone, to include our Republic of Korea partners, who participated in the search and recovery.” The unit was headed to the Rodriguez range to participate in a joint live-fire exercise with South Korean troops on Friday. The exercise was called off following the two deaths, according to South Korean reports. The exercise was scheduled to take place a day before the third anniversary of North Korea’s shelling of the island of Yeonpyeong. The 2010 artillery attack on the island killed four people and injured several others." The vehicle, whose occupants were Pfc. Justin Adams and Maj. Evans Hanson, was a Humvee.  It fell into the Hantan River.  Both men were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team headquartered at Camp Hovey in Dongducheon, South Korea.

2014

  • Army - Lissone, Spc. Carl Anthony  May 04, 2014.  Spc. Lissone died in Pyeongtaek from a brain hemorrhage after a street fight outside a Seoul nightclub.  He was knocked unconscious after an argument with another U.S. serviceman and several hours later was pronounced dead at Good Morning Hospital in Pyeongtaek.  A native of Covington, Georgia, 20-year old Lissone was an information technology specialist with the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, which relocated from Camp Stanley to Humphreys in 2012.  Born June 4, 1993, he is buried in Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Georgia.

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    SAG HUMPHREYS, South Korea -- 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion held a memorial service on May 13 at the MP Hill Fitness Center on USAG Humphreys to honor the loss of one of their young, warrior communicators. Spc. Carl A. Lissone, 20, an Information Technology Specialist, Bravo Company, 304th ESB, 1st Signal Brigade, a native of Covington, Ga., was pronounced dead at the Good Morning Hospital in Pyeongtaek on May 4. Brigade and battalion leadership, soldiers and civilians came from across the Korean peninsula to attend the ceremony to pay their respects and honor Lissone, his family and his friends.  Lt. Col. Vanessa K. Ragsdale, 304th ESB Commander, said that Lissone was a dedicated son and soldier in her battalion. "Lissone was committed to his career in the Army and trained to become the best soldier possible. He served his country honorably and was devoted to the mission and his fellow soldiers."

    Lissone was born on June 4, 1993 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Lithonia High School and entered the Army on Nov. 6, 2012. Lissone attended basic training at Fort Jackson, Georgia. and graduated from advanced individual training at Fort Gordon. He successfully completed the requirements to become a U.S. Army soldier and serve as an IT specialist (25B), one of the most demanded military occupational specialties in signal. Lissone became a part of the Bravo Company/304th ESB family when he reported to USAG Humphreys for his first duty assignment. Lissone will be remembered by his chain of command and peers for being a hard worker, ready to learn and willing to do what it took for mission success.

    "It troubles me to stand here today to reflect on a life unnecessarily cut short," Ragsdale said. "In our profession, we acknowledge the fact that we may lose a Soldier. We plan and prepare ourselves in hopes that we won't have to deal with it. We prepare ourselves to lose a Soldier, but no matter how much we train, we are never really ready." Capt. William C. Yi, 304th ESB Chaplain, said, "Over the past week I have listened to those who knew him well. It has quickly become apparent that he was a leader, a dependable friend and a colleague whom everyone enjoyed working with. He was a good Soldier to his fellow Soldiers and the radiance of his personality and his enthusiasm brought tremendous joy, happiness and excellence into the lives of everyone around him."

    Capt. Justin E. James, Bravo Company Commander, said Lissone he saw right away that Lissone was a talented Soldier and assigned him the difficult task of managing the local area network for their Battalion Command Post Node. "You can ask any Soldier in expeditionary signal battalion," James said, "this is no easy task." James explained how Bravo Company 1st Sgt. Melissa Abrams and himself had handpicked Lissone for a 30-day assignment during Key Resolve 2014 to give a helping hand to the Korea Battlefield Simulation Center at Suwon Air Base. "We selected him for his maturity and his expertise in all things signal. No mission was too difficult and in the absence of specific guidance, he was quick to take charge," said James. He added that Lissone was the type of Soldier any commander would want.

    Lissone was also an active member of the Pyeongtaek community (the city just outside the gate of USAG Humphreys). "During his free time, he would visit the Ay Hyang Orphanage where he would read stories to small children," added James, "and for the older teenagers, he would sit down beside them and review English textbooks." Lissone wasn't coaxed into doing things like this," James said. "He volunteered and by his actions, he has strengthened the alliance between our two nations."

    Two soldiers also spoke at the memorial ceremony recalling their fondest memories and helping those who did not personally know Lissone, understand just what kind of Soldier he was. Sgt. Kevin J. Bownes, Lissone's team chief for Command Post Node 62532, said, "Lissone was an outstanding Soldier. One of his best qualities was that he could always brighten your day. It truly saddens me that a very intelligent, talented and intuitive Soldier will not be around anymore. But, he will never be forgotten." Spc. Celessia D. Cannon, a senior transmission team chief, added, "He never saw defeat no matter the obstacle. There was always a way in his eyes. While it pains me to be up here, I am proud to have known him and built a friendship with him." "God bless Spc. Lissone's family, his co-workers and friends," Yi said. "As time moves forward may we find strength in the precious memories that remain behind. Spc. Lissone, a son, a friend and a great Soldier of the U.S. Army who will not be forgotten."

2015

  • Army - Corey, Sp. Michael William.  June 15, 2015.  Michael William Corey, age 31, was killed in a military training accident in South Korea after deploying to Japan. He was found dead by Korean residents near Camp Jackson, a U.S. Army base near Seoul.  He was an intelligence analyst assigned to the 441st Military Intelligence Battalion in Camp Zama near Tokyo, Japan, but was in South Korea  taking a Warrior Leadership Course at the Non-commissioned Officer Academy at Camp Jackson.  Originally from Seattle, Washington, his home of record at the time of his death was Oro Valley, Arizona.  Michael's passions were the U of W Huskies and the Seahawks. He knew every player, statistic and manager. Born September 12, 1983, he was known for his kindness, hard work, great sense of humor and thoughtfulness. He possessed a great personality and had a unique perspective on life. He will be missed by all. Michael became a Specialist 4 after joining the Army in January 2014 and completed his military intelligence training in August 2014. He received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from NAU in 2007 after graduating from CDO High School in 2002. He is survived by his loving parents, Michael and Mary Corey and his brother Tom all of Oro Valley. Michael is buried at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Washington.

2016

  • Army - Goodwin-Anderson, Sgt. Jacqueline M.  July 31, 2016.  Sgt. Jacqueline M. Goodwin-Anderson, 26, of Dongducheon, South Korea, formerly of Dunkirk, died unexpectedly Sunday (July 31, 2016) at home. She was born January 5, 1990 in Buffalo, the daughter of John Goodwin of Dunkirk and Cindy (Galante) Simone of Erie, Pennsylania.

    Jacqueline attended Dunkirk High School and served in the U.S. Army from 2011 until the time of her death.  She was a 2nd Infantry Division soldier assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, stationed in Dongducheon with her husband, Sgt. Carl William Anderson.

    Survivors included her husband, Carl Anderson; three brothers: Christopher (Sarah) Goodwin and Mark (Julie) Goodwin, both of West Seneca, and Tyler Goodwin of Dunkirk; two sisters: Melissa Goodwin of Erie, Pa. and Jessica Goodwin of Dunkirk; one niece, Alexis Goodwin; and four nephews: London, Maxim, and Vanek Goodwin, and Jaden Lozada.

    Burial was in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

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