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Navarre in Santa Rosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

In Memory of UH-60M Crew “Mojo 69”

10 March 2015

 
 
In Memory of UH-60M Crew "Mojo 69" Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. In Memory of UH-60M Crew "Mojo 69" Memorial
Top four names are of the UH-60M helicopter crew from the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment, Louisiana Army National Guard from Hammond, Louisiana. The next seven names are the Marines from the 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Inscription.
CW4 G. Wayne Griffin, Jr. [SP]
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
"Mojo 69" Memorial not far from Navarre crash site. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. "Mojo 69" Memorial not far from Navarre crash site.
Memorial is a little more than 2 miles northwest of Eglin Air Force Base site A-15 where Mojo 69 took off from.
(approx. 8.1 miles away); 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
Another "Mojo 69" memorial in Milton, Florida. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. Another "Mojo 69" memorial in Milton, Florida.
Located in the Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Plaza, some 26 miles north of this marker. Milton is the county seat of Santa Rosa County.
conditions to instrument meteorological conditions in weather conditions that had lower ceilings and less visibility than they had been briefed as the minimum weather conditions authorized to conduct the mission.
 
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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Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter (the UH-60M has different modifications) image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, January 7, 2004
4. Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter (the UH-60M has different modifications)
 
 
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.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. The dates for when both monuments were erected, and by whom. • Can you help?
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