Karlson, Edward Joseph

Edward Joseph Karlson, Captain, USAF (Fallen)
November 05, 1964 – October 06, 1994

Karlson, Captain Edward Joseph, U.S.A.F. passed away while on active duty in Korea on October 6, 1994.

A former resident of Van Nuys, he graduated from Birmingham High School in 1983. He entered the Air Force in 1984 and graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1990. He was a member of the Air/Sea Rescue Squad, stationed at the Misawa Air Base in Japan.

Hi is survived by wife, Miyako; brothers, Michael Karlson and Daniel Karlson. He is preceded in death by his father, Eric, who served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant during World War II.

Funeral services will be held 12:30 p.m., Thursday, October 20 at Lorenzen Mission Chapel. Interment will follow with full honors in Oakwood Memorial Park. Lorenzen Mortuary, Reseda directors.


HH-60G #91-26404
Joch Weon, Korea
06 October 1994

An USAF HH-60G “Pave Hawk” #91-26404, TDY to Korea from the 33rd RQS at Kadena AB with the call sign “Jolly 04” crashed at Joch Weon, Korea. All of the aircrew members, Capt. Edward Karlson (P), Capt. William Alston (CP), Sr. Amn. Frank Zurawski (FE), Sr. Amn. Richard Setaro (PJ) and Sr. Amn. Jason Kutscher (PJ) were killed in the crash.
The “Jolly 04” crew were TDY to Korea to provide search and rescue alert coverage for USAF fighter aircraft assigned to bases in the Republic of Korea. The flight profile on the night of the accident was a training night vision goggle (NVG) flight. “Jolly 04” flew into high tension wires and subsequently crashed. It is believed that all of the crew members died on impact.


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