1LT David Mark Pimple

1LT David Mark Pimple

Birth
Sierra Vista, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Death 20 Mar 1989 (aged 25)
Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Burial Sierra Vista, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 169971875 · View Source
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1LT Dave M. Pimple graduated USNA in 1985 before entering the Marine Corps and being accepted into flight school. A great son, a great friend and a great pilot.

Tribute by Dave's friend and alumni, Don Selvy:

Dave attended the U.S. Naval Academy - graduating in 1985. He selected Marine Corps aviation and completed his flight training in 1986. During a high profile exercise dubbed "Team Spirit," in South Korea on March 20, 1989, his CH-53E helicopter crashed due to apparent engine malfunction.

Dave was loved by everyone that knew him. While at Buena High School (The Fighting Colts) Dave was a stand-out cross-country runner and a good friend to many people on the site.

At the Naval Academy, he was a leader with an easy-going style and a quick wit. In the Marine Corps, he was a hard worker, an excellent pilot and a good friend to everyone in the squadron.

Dave is mourned by his friends, his comrades in arms and a grateful nation.

SEOUL � A U.S. Marine helicopter carrying 37 Marines on maneuvers crashed in an isolated mountain region on South Korea's southeast coast early today, and 22 were killed, U.S. authorities said.

Fifteen Marines were injured, some critically, when the Sikorsky Sea Stallion crashed shortly before 7 a.m. south of the industrial port city of Pohang and 250 miles southeast of Seoul, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

The most seriously injured were evacuated to an amphibious assault ship off the Korean coast, the Belleau Wood, and the rest were flown to Seoul, the spokesman said.

Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, said in a report quoting South Korean military officials that the helicopter exploded and burst into flames before slamming into the ground. The report said the explosion appeared to have been caused by an engine defect. Associated Press March 20, 1989.

NOTE: A close friend of Pilot Michael Francis McGreevy III recently informed me that the aircraft was actually an older, less powerful, twin-engine CH-53 D, (not the newer 3-engine Echo, as stated in the article), and it was heavily loaded.

Excerpt from: 22 Marines Are Killed in Crash Of U.S. Helicopter in South Korea
By DAVID E. SANGER, Special to the New York Times
Published: March 20, 1989

The Korean war games are among the most realistic conducted by American military forces, and accidents are not uncommon. This year, as in past exercises, the troops are simulating an incursion into South Korean territory.

There was some suggestion earlier that the maneuvers might be scaled back or called off entirely, in an effort to avoid upsetting the delicate talks now under way between the North and South. But the talks have made little progress in recent months, and the American and South Korean forces decided to proceed as usual. However, both countries are playing down the exercises, which involve more than 60,000 troops.


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1LT. David M. Pimple. A great son, a great friend and a great pilot.

SEOUL — A U.S. Marine helicopter carrying 37 Marines on maneuvers crashed in an isolated mountain region on South Korea's southeast coast early today, and 22 were killed, U.S. authorities said.

Fifteen Marines were injured, some critically, when the Sikorsky Sea Stallion crashed shortly before 7 a.m. south of the industrial port city of Pohang and 250 miles southeast of Seoul, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

The most seriously injured were evacuated to an amphibious assault ship off the Korean coast, the Belleau Wood, and the rest were flown to Seoul, the spokesman said.

Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, said in a report quoting South Korean military officials that the helicopter exploded and burst into flames before slamming into the ground. The report said the explosion appeared to have been caused by an engine defect.


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