Hurlburt Field, FL
17 Oct 1984
In October 1984, MH-53J PAVE LOW crews and aircraft of the 20th SOS deployed to Clark AB in the Republic of the Philippines for Exercise “Cope Thunder 85-1”.
The deployment ended tragically during the exercise when an MH-53J Pave Low, serial number #73-1647, impacted a ridgeline in Crow Valley, near Clark AB, Philippines, during a night TF mission in a heavy rain squall, crashed and was destroyed killing its crew.
Dead in the crash were:
- Major James S. Prowell
- Captain Michael W. Skeen
- Technical Sergeant Thomas “Rocky” M. Ortiz, Jr
- Technical Sergeant Wayne A. Johnson
- Staff Sergeant Robert G. Barker
- Sergeant Max B. “Paco” Lincks, Jr.