|Birth: ||Nov. 12, 1960|
|Death: ||Oct. 8, 1990, At Sea|
At approximately 0415 on 8 October 1990, two UH-1N helicopters from HMM-164 launched from the USS OKINAWA for an "at sea NVG [Night Vision Goggle] training operation" off the coast of Oman [North Arabian Sea]. At approximately 0513 the two helicopters disappeared from radar and failed to respond to radio calls. Observers on the flight deck saw a ball of fire dropping into the sea. Search efforts recovered very little wreckage and no sign of aircrew. All were declared missing at sea. The eight men aboard were considered the first casualties of Operation Desert Shield. The eight aircrew were:
Capt W. Cronin
Capt G. Dillon
Capt K. Dolvin
Capt W. Hurley
Sgt K Keller
Sgt J Kilkus
Cpl T Romei
L/Cpl T. Adams
From the Concord Monitor:
On November 16, 2012, four families, including the parents of Gary Dillon, a Concord man who died in 1990 while serving in the Marine Corps, received the New Hampshire Medal of Honor to honor their sons' service to the country.
The second year medals were awarded, they are given out to honor military men and women from New Hampshire who have died in action since 1979. The four men honored were Dillon, a Marine captain, Army Spc. Nicholas Bernier, Air Force Capt. Michael Leo Chinburg, and Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michael Geary.
Capt. Dillon graduated from Concord High School in 1979 and the University of New Hampshire in 1983, when he joined the Marines. He died while flying a helicopter over the Arabian Sea during a training mission in Desert Shield in 1990. His helicopter reportedly collided with another over the sea, according to news reports from the time. He was 29.
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Missing and presumed dead after a helicopter crash into the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman during a training exercise undertaken as part of Operation Desert Shield
Created by: AuntieJ
Record added: Aug 05, 2013
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