Ohio marine killed in helicopter crash

Four killed in crash

Four marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squad were killed as a result of a CH-53E

Super Stallion helicopter crash on April 3 around 2:40 p.m. in the vicinity of El Centro, California.

Those who perished were:

Samuel A. Schultz, 28, of Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania, was a pilot

assigned to HMH-465.

First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, 27, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, was a pilot

assigned to HMH-465.

Gunnery Sgt. Richard Holley, 33, of Dayton, Ohio, was a CH-53 helicopter

crew chief assigned to HMH-465.

He previously deployed to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi

Freedom with awards consisting of the Navy and

Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

(4th award), Air Medal-Strike/Flight (9th award) and the Navy and Marine

Corps Good Conduct Medal (4th award).

Lance Cpl. Joseph Conrad, 24, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was a CH-53

helicopter crew chief assigned to HMH-465.

The aircraft departed the Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field at Marine

Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California to conduct

squadron training consisting of aircraft landings in unimproved zones. The

mishap occurred approximately 15 miles west of El Centro.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

For more information, contact Capt. Morgan Frazer at

or 858-226-7849 or follow our Twitter feed @3rdMAW.

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