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Old 10 December 1999, 16:33
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Dec 1999 CH-46 crash

Four Marines and one Corpsman from 5th Plt, 1st Force Reconnaissance Co. are missing after the CH-46 that they were in crashed off Point Loma CA. If any of you guys know these men, please pay your respects to their families. Mark Baca, Jeff Starling, Vincent Sabasteanski, David Galloway and Jay Asis. Where ever they are, these brothers will not be forgotten...
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Old 10 December 1999, 17:43
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A sad day for the Corps. Keep us posted on any services to be held.

God now has a few more Recon Marines to scout beyond his perimiter.
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Old 10 December 1999, 19:09
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Old 16 December 1999, 23:56
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MEMORIAL SERVICES

Memorial services will be conducted at 1300, 20 December 1999 in the Base Theater,
Mainside, Camp Pendleton, CA. CMC and CG, MARFORPAC will be in
attendence. The Memorial Services will be held for those missing, now presumed dead
listed below: Recommended uniform for FRA members- Dark Blue suit with tie or
Blue Blazier with Grey Slacks and tie, Marines will wear Alpha's.

SSGT. VINCENT A. SABASTEANSKI, 1ST FORCE RECON - CUMBERLAND,
ME

SSGT. DAVID E. GALLOWAY, 1ST FORCE RECON - OREGON CITY, OR

SSGT. JEFFERY R. STARLING, 1ST FORCE RECON - SOUTH DAYTON, FL

HM1 JAY J. ASIS, 1ST FORCE - QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES

CPL. MARK A. BACA, 1ST FORCE RECON - JEFFERSON CITY, CO

GYSGT JAMES P PAIGE, JR, CREW CHIEF, HMM 166 - MIDDLESEX, NJ

SSGT. WILLIAM C. DAME, EOD, MSSG-15 - YUMA, AZ

All were reported missing and now presumed dead after their CH-46 helicopter got
tangled with the netting on the USNS Pecos and the pilot lost control and was pitched
upside down into the pacific ocean off Point Loma, CA. All Force
Recon personnel were from the 5th Platoon. They were standing up and preparing to "Fast
Rope" on to the deck of the USNS Pecos as part of a training exercise in preparation for
deployment with the 15th MEU(SOC) next month. This was a Joint Operation with the
SEALS, who were in the water aboard their boats preparing to assualt from the sea. As the
"bird" quickly sank (5 seconds), eleven (11) survivors "popped up" to the surface and were
immediately picked up by the SEAL's.

The Eleven (11) survivors were:

CAPT. JAMES I. LUKEHART, JR, HMM-166, CLARK, OH
CAPT. ANDREW Q. SMITH, HMM-166, GA
CAPT. ERIC L. KAPITULIK, 1ST FORCE RECON - GROSVENORDALE, CT
1/LT MICHAEL J. BUTLER, 1ST FORCE RECON - COBB, GA
GYSGT. VOJIN MARJANOVICH, 1ST FORCE RECON - LAKE STATION, IN
SSGT. TIMOTHY J. MUELLER, 1ST FORCE RECON - DONIPHAN, KS
SSGT. MICHAEL S. ARCHER, 1ST FORCE RECON - ALTAMONTE SPRINGS,
FL
SSGT. MARK R. SCHMIDT, 1ST FORCE RECON - MARSHALLTOWN, LA
SSGT. ROBERT G. WARD, 1ST FORCE RECON - TACOMA, WA
SGT. ROBERT T. EVERS, HMM-166, SPOKANE, WA
CPL. ADAM L. JOHNS, HMM-166, BUTLER, OH

SCHOLARSHIP TRUST FUND

The FRA has established a SCHOLARSHIP TRUST FOR THE SURVIVING
CHILDREN of those
tragically lost. The children are Frederick GALLOWAY, Age 7, Stetson GALLOWAY,
Age 5 and William GALLOWAY, Age 4, all sons of SSgt. David E. GALLOWAY;
Nicholas SABASTEANSKI, Age 18 Months, son of SSgt. Vincent A.
SABASTEANSKI; Derek BACA, son of Cpl. Mark A. Baca. HM1 Asis and SSgt
Starling had no known children at this time.

Those desiring to make a donation to this Special Scholarship Trust may make their check
or money order payable to "FRA SCHOLARSHIP TRUST FUND" and add a memo
indicating if you want it donated to an individual "By Name" child or to be "Evenly Split"
amongst all 5 children. No specific designation of donation will be evenly divided amongst
all 5 children. Mail your donation(s) to:

FORCE RECON ASSOCIATION
3784-B MISSION AVE., PMB # 1775
OCEANSIDE, CA 92054- 1460

Semper Fi.

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Old 21 December 1999, 15:42
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Without exception or qualification, everytime I've had contact with a FR Marine, in a school or elsewhere, they've proven themselves to be consumate professionals. We can all feel a sense of bereavement at the loss of what are undoubtedly some of America's finest. These men made no less a sacrifice than if they had given there lives in combat. My heartfelt condolences to the families of these men and the Marine community; and a 'thank you' for the sacrifice they made on behalf of our nation.
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Old 22 December 1999, 17:23
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Los Angeles Times
December 21, 1999
Pg. 10

Servicemen Killed In Crash Are Eulogized As Heroes

By Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer

CAMP PENDLETON -- In a solemn ceremony that brought tears to the eyes of Marines and surviving family members alike, the seven enlisted men who died in a helicopter crash this month were remembered Monday as "American heroes" who gladly accepted the risks of their profession.

"Theirs were lives of unselfishness, bravery and dedication," Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James L. Jones told the 1,400 people who attended a memorial service for the seven who died Dec. 9.

Navy Secretary Richard Danzig said, "I like what the chaplain said: 'These are the peacekeepers, these are the children of God.'"

As the families of the seven left the service amid a bagpiper's playing of "Amazing Grace," a child left fatherless by the crash could be heard to cry out, "Goodbye . . . ."

The service was held just hours after the Navy announced that it had located the last four bodies of those killed when the twin-rotor CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, crashed 14 miles off San Diego in 3,900 feet of water. Three bodies were recovered Saturday. Eleven men survived the mishap.

"I've asked the Marines of the 15th MEU [Marine Expeditionary Unit] to let their tears flow today so they can go on to the joy of what they do," said Sgt. Major Al McMichael, the senior enlisted man in the corps and an advisor to the commandant.

Six of the dead were posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps commendation medal by Danzig: Staff Sgt. Vincent Sebasteanski, Navy Petty Officer Jay Asis, Staff Sgt. David Galloway, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Starling, Cpl. Mark Baca and Staff Sgt. William Dame.

The final Marine, Gunnery Sgt. James Paige, was awarded the meritorious service medal by President Clinton. Paige's medal was based on his 20 years' service and continued leadership as a helicopter crew chief, Marine officials said.

Jones said Paige may also be commended, at a later date, for actions in trying to save others aboard the sinking helicopter.

Lt. Col. Matthew D. Redfern, his voice breaking, remembered Paige as a Marine who always wanted to be "in the middle of the action," had survived the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, and declined to use his seniority to avoid risky missions.

Paige was so dedicated to the corps, Redfern said, that he had given his 2-year-old daughter the middle name Marine.

Danzig noted that the seven died as they were in training for one of the Marine Corps' riskiest maneuvers: boarding a hostile ship on the high seas by "fast-roping" down from a hovering helicopter.

The accident occurred when one of the helicopter's rear wheels caught on a safety screen on the oiler Pecos and the big chopper tumbled into the sea, sinking within seconds.

Aboard the Sea Knight were four helicopter crewmen and 14 members of an elite reconnaissance unit, training for a six-month deployment in the Persian Gulf.

Danzig said there was bravery shown by SEALs, Special Warfare Command boat crewmen and Marines aboard the helicopter. "It's amazing that 11 survived, and I think one reason is the heroic actions of a number of personnel that day," he told reporters.

The seven left 10 children among them. Six of the men were married and the other, Starling, was engaged. His fiance sat with his parents at the memorial service. Each family was given a folded American flag.

"America and her families lost the very best this nation has to offer,'' said Col. Richard Zilmer. "There is oftentimes a steep price to pay for the blessings and security we enjoy as .Americans."

Jones said after the memorial, "In 33 years in the Marine Corps, in peace and war, I've been to quite a few of these memorials. They never get easier."

Danzig said it may take months to know why the helicopter became enmeshed in the safety net. He added, "We will take every possible step to make sure this particular series of events does not occur" again.
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Old 29 December 2004, 09:52
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This is a little late.

Brothers we will not forget you...

It was great knowing most of you and you all have paved the way for the Marines coming to the Rally Point now.

SSGT. VINCENT A. SABASTEANSKI, 1ST FORCE RECON - CUMBERLAND, ME

SSGT. DAVID E. GALLOWAY, 1ST FORCE RECON - OREGON CITY, OR

SSGT. JEFFERY R. STARLING, 1ST FORCE RECON - SOUTH DAYTON, FL

HM1 JAY J. ASIS, 1ST FORCE - QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES

CPL. MARK A. BACA, 1ST FORCE RECON - JEFFERSON CITY, CO

GYSGT JAMES P PAIGE, JR, CREW CHIEF, HMM 166 - MIDDLESEX, NJ

SSGT. WILLIAM C. DAME, EOD, MSSG-15 - YUMA, AZ

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Old 29 December 2004, 11:01
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This is a little late.

Brothers we will not forget you...

It was great knowing most of you and you all have paved the way for the Marines coming to the Rally Point now.

SSGT. VINCENT A. SABASTEANSKI, 1ST FORCE RECON - CUMBERLAND, ME

SSGT. DAVID E. GALLOWAY, 1ST FORCE RECON - OREGON CITY, OR

SSGT. JEFFERY R. STARLING, 1ST FORCE RECON - SOUTH DAYTON, FL

HM1 JAY J. ASIS, 1ST FORCE - QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES

CPL. MARK A. BACA, 1ST FORCE RECON - JEFFERSON CITY, CO

GYSGT JAMES P PAIGE, JR, CREW CHIEF, HMM 166 - MIDDLESEX, NJ

SSGT. WILLIAM C. DAME, EOD, MSSG-15 - YUMA, AZ

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Old 29 December 2004, 15:03
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Starling was truly a great guy. He wound up in Hawaii for awhile and shacked up with our platoon while he was there. Silly bastard busted up his ankle when he wore some platform shoes to Moose's for 70's night, and refused to go to the Doc because he was too embarrassed to tell the corpsman how it happened.

He made and donated a paddle for our STA shack before we left, which meant a hell of a lot to us, he was sorely missed when this happened, and still missed today.

God bless and keep them all.
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Old 29 December 2004, 15:50
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(Now Gunny) Schmidt was one of our instructors in the SOTG Security Element Course. He's the guy who jumped through the hell hole and lived, if you're ever seen the video. A great instructor and very laid back, ask-any-questions type of guy. I believe SSgt Mueller was also with SOTG as of 2002.
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It's really been 5 yrs.... R.I.P.

I'm pretty sure it was Archer that went out the hole. I was on that MEU and my team had swam ashore for some scud hunting at Pt.Mugu when they told us over the radio. I remember thinking"Not Baca, not Baca" (I only knew the other members of his Plt. in passing/through work, not that their loss was any less tragic) and was relieved when they didn't read his name as one of the dead. The next day we found out that someone at MEUComm had the wrong list and initially dispersed the wrong names. Mark had a tattoo of Nightcrawler on his head, it was great. Funny guy, everybody liked him, never too cool to hang out with the new guys or just plain shoot the shit with whomever. Although I only knew him for a couple of years, he was one of the friendliest guys I ever met. He stood out in the crowd of "unique individuals" that made up 1st Recon Co. at the time. R.I.P. and we're lucky to have known those guys, even if it was for a brief time.
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I'm sure you guys are right. Gunny Schmidt didn't say that, someone else did. His only comment was that both pilots were promoted and still flying.
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Yeah Baca was a good guy. He, Javier Obleas and I were in the same BRC class... Hard damn PFC that is for sure and goofy too. That tatoo on his head was pretty funny, we used to ask him why he had a rat on his head (no pun intended John....)
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we used to ask him why he had a rat on his head (no pun intended John....)
JT,

No problem Bro... None-taken...

Hope all is well.

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Semper Fi Bros.... RIP
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Jay Asis was my student at the Med Lab and he set the standard for Recon Corpsmen. As a Corpsman....smart, damn good, always caring for his Marines and always looking for the next challenge. As a man...smart, funny and committed to his Marines.

Our community is less because of his and the others passing.

RIP Brother.
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09 December 99

Probably the worst day of my 24yr career. RIP Brothers, not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Until Valhalla.
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May you continue to rest in peace, brothers!
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Thread title edited to add the year of the crash
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