Navarre in Santa Rosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
In Memory of UH-60M Crew “Mojo 69”
10 March 2015
CW4 G. David Strother [PI]
SSG Lance Bergeron [SI]
SSG Thomas C. Florich III [CE]
USMC 2D MSOB PAX:
SGT Marcus Bawol
SGT Trevor P. Blaylock
SSGT Liam Flynn
SGT Kerry M. Kemp
MSGT Thomas Saunders
SSGT Andrew Seif
CPT Stanford H. Shaw III
When you go home,
Tell them of us and say,
"For their Tomorrow, We gave our Today."
Location. 30° 24.598′ N, 86° 50.212′ W. Marker is in Navarre, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Navarre Parkway (U.S. 98) and Panhandle Trail, on the right when traveling west on Navarre Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9218 Navarre Parkway, Navarre FL 32566, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Beal's Shell Museum (approx. 3.6 miles away); C-46 Commando (approx. 8.1 miles away); 1st Air Commando Group B-25 Medium Bomber (approx. 8.1 miles away); Combat Talon Aircrew S-01 (approx. 8.1 miles away); MH-53 Pave Low Operation Kingpin (approx. 8.1 miles away); Combat Talon Aircrew S-59 (approx. 8.1 miles away); HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant" (approx. 8.1 miles away).
Regarding In Memory of UH-60M Crew "Mojo 69". This Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, with a crew of four Louisiana Army National Guardsmen, callsign Mojo 69, was in a flight of two that departed Eglin Air Force Base site A-15 at approximately 8:16 pm to conduct Rolled Duck (inflatable boat) and Helocast water insertion training missions involving Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Marines and began slow movement north toward the shoreline. As the aircraft went over the waters of the Santa Rosa Sound, crew experienced degraded visual environments and tried to gain control of the helicopter. Approximately 2 min (8:21 pm) after going over water, aircraft crashed in Santa Rosa Sound about 1 statute mile north of A-15. A second UH-60 in flight was returned-to-base (RTB) and landed safely. The 7 MARSOC Marines PAX were assigned to the 2D Marine Special Operations Battalion at Camp Lejeune. Investigation determined that the direct cause was spatial disorientation likely induced by the crew failing to effectively transition from visual meteorological
Also see . . . Marine Corps Times article about crash and report of causes. Includes photos of those killed in the crash. (Submitted on November 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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