SIGNAL CHARLIE

CAPT Dick Catone, USN (Ret.) following a memorial service for a fellow helicopter pilot, is credited with the following statement: “I guess we are all in starboard delta waiting for Signal Charlie.” Starboard Delta is the holding pattern for the airborne Search and Rescue helicopters on the starboard (right) side of the aircraft carrier. They fly at a low altitude so as not to interfere with the fixed-wing aircraft recovery pattern, and only land when the last fixed-wing aircraft is safe on board. When tower calls the helicopter to pass “Charlie” to a landing spot, the crew knows the fixed-wing recovery is complete, all is well, and it is time to come back. Hence, the statement appears appropriate that someday we will receive our own “Signal Charlie” and will be called home for a final landing.

 

Signal Charlie has been created to inform our membership and honor the passing of fellow unrestricted aviators. It is only as good as the information we receive. If you have an obituary or other information that you would like to provide concerning the passing of a shipmate, co-worker, or friend of the community please contact the NHA national office by email with a copy of the Obit in a word file along with a picture in jpeg format to CDR Mike Brattland USN-Ret, Retired and Reunion Manager/Signal Charlie Coordinator for  NHA at signalcharlie@navalhelicopterassn.org and we will share the information here and via email to the NHA membership.

Burial At Sea-Signal Charlie

 

SIGNAL CHARLIE LISTING

LT Thomas Henry Ballard, USNR-Former

CAPT Charles Olaf Borgstrom Jr, USN-(Ret.)  

  CAPT Carlisle Hugh Childress,USNR-(Ret.)  

CDR John “Jack” Joseph Connelly USN-Ret

CAPT Francis M. “Frank” Dreessen, USN-(Ret.)  

CAPT Rick Fenn, USN-(Ret.)

CAPT Lynd L. Fitzgerald USN-Ret

CAPT Thomas Lee Freeland USN-Ret  

CDR Rodger Greissel USNR-R-Ret

LCDR John (Jack) Halloran USN-Ret  

CDR Marc Del Homan USN-Ret

CAPT James “Buddy” Iannone USN-Ret  

AD1 John “Ski” Janiski, USN-(Ret.)

CAPT Dick Johnson USN-(Ret.)  VADM Donald S. Jones, USN-(Ret.)

CAPT Joseph G. Kamrad, USN-(Ret.)  

CAPT Robert Emory Leonard, USN-(Ret.)

CAPT William Chambers Mackey III, USN-(Ret.)  

CAPT James A. Magee, USN-(Ret.)

CAPT Emiddio Massa USN-Ret  

LCDR Danny O’Neil McDonald, USN-(Ret.)

CDR David R. Meleski USN-Ret  

CAPT Al Monahan USN-Ret

CAPT Louis Morris USN-Ret  

CAPT William J. Mulcahy USN-Ret

CDR Robert Scott Murphy USN-Ret  

CAPT Dale Phillip Myers USN-Ret

CDR Lloyd L. Parthemer USN-Ret-former CO of HC-7 Sea Devils and a founder of NHAHS

CWO3 Phillip T. Poisson USN-Ret

CAPT Lawrence David Presnell Sr., USN-(Ret.)

CDR George Siedel USN-Ret

CAPT Charles P. Silva USN-Ret

CAPT Glenn Skinner USN-Ret

CAPT Chuck Smiley USN-Ret

CDR David Allan Stull, USN-(Ret.)

Mrs Betty Stuyvesant

LCDR Chris Thomas, USN-(Ret.)

LT J. Wesley Van Dorn, USN

CAPT Robert S. Vermilya, USN-(Ret.)

CAPT Kenneth “Tiny” Michael Warmbir, USN-(Ret.)

CAPT Warren Howey Winchester, USN-(Ret.)

CDR Robert “Bob” Wolfe USN-Ret

 

NAVAL ROTARY WING PERSONNEL KILLED IN ACTION (KIA) DURING COMBAT

 

HAL-3 names below are linked to their pictures-Click on their names!

NAVAL ROTARY WING PERSONNEL KILLED DURING NAVAL OPERATIONS NOT INVOLVED IN COMBAT

 

LT J. Wesley Van Dorn, USN