Dedicated to the Preservation of the
U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
Michael Walter Skeen, Captain, USAF (Fallen)September 05, 1950 – October 17, 1984
MH-53J #73-1647Clark AB, PI17 October 1984
In October 1984, MH-53 Pave Low crews and aircraft of the 20th SOS deployed to the Republic of the Philippines for Exercise “Cope Thunder 85-1”.
The deployment ended tragically during the exercise when a MH-53 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. ProwellCaptain Michael W. SkeenTechnical Sergeant Thomas M. Ortiz, JrTechnical Sergeant Wayne A. JohnsonStaff Sergeant Robert G. BarkerSergeant Max B. “Paco”Lincks, Jr.