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Pohang Korea helo crash 1989
The 5th Marines and Corpsman who died in a 1989 peace time helo crash.  

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This page is in honor to Sgt. James D. Zinser and the other 18 men who died in a helo crash March 20, 1989.

ZINSER, JAMES D
SGT US MARINE CORPS
Date of birth: 04/09/1959
Date of death: 03/20/1989
Buried at: Section L Site 397
WILLAMETTE NATIONAL CEMETERY
11800 SE MT. Scott Boulevard Portland, OR 97266

They went down north of Pohang, Korea. I will never forget the sacrifice these men made to maintain the freedom so many take for granted. Jim Zinser was a good friend and several of the other men I knew from their days with 2/5. Here are there names.

Cpl
John A. Alfonso
24
Aztec, N.M.
Rifleman
LCpl
Richard R. Anglin
22
Redlands, Ca.
Rifleman
2ndLt
Darren M. Bell
23
Tampa, Fl.
Infantry Officer
PFC
Saul D. Castro, Jr
18
Lamont, Ca.
Rifleman
PFC
Kurt R. Decker
21
Toledo, Ohio
Rifleman
LCpl
Michael A. Depew
20
Red Lion, Pa.
Rifleman
HN
Jimmie L. Fejeran
Navy Corpsman
LCpl
Andrew A. Hernandez
19
Arnold, Mich.
Machine Gunner
LCpl
Ronald A. Johnson
21
Simi Valley, Ca.
Machine Gunner
LCpl
Anthony P. Longstaff
25
Waldo, Wis.
Machine Gunner
Cpl
Brian K. McCluskey
22
Brazil, Ind.
Rifleman
LCpl
Wilbur S. McDaniel
19
Carthage, Tx.
Rifleman
Capt
Michael McGreevy
27
Monmouth, N.J.
Pilot *
1stLt
David M. Pimple
25
Cochise, Ariz.
Pilot *
LCpl
Carl B. Ratcliff
21
Bluefield, W.Va.
Machine Gunner
Cpl
Keith N. Silha
22
Onalaska, Wis.
Machine Gunner
SSgt
Jorge Verdugo
27
Nogales, Ariz.
Platoon Sergeant
1stLt
Kevin M. Wooten
27
Bowie, Md.
Infantry Officer
Sgt
James D. Zinser
30
Portland, Or.
Machine Gunner

* Indicates Marine was from Helicopter Squadron HMH 363. All others were from 1/5. Several of these Marines had transferred from 2/5 for this deployment.

Below is the list of survivors from this accident.

LCpl
Rand C. Albert
22
Munhall, Pa.
Rifleman
Pvt
Todd A. Bernhardt
18
Evanville, Ind.
Rifleman
PFC
Frankline E. Bray, Jr.
18
Lompoc, Ca.
Rifleman
PFC
Lavinski R. Brown
19
Los Angles, Ca.
Rifleman
Cpl
David W. Garlick
22
Connellsville, Pa
*Air Crewman
LCpl
Ismael S. Gomez
23
Santa Ana, Ca.
Assualtman
LCpl
George S. Hagee
20
St. Louis, Mo.
Rifleman
PFC
Thomas T. Hannah
19
Knobnoster, Mo.
Rifleman
LCpl
David L. Jenkins
21
Vista, Ca.
Rifleman
LCpl
Daniel E. Moody, Jr.
21
Grimesland, N.C.
Rifleman
LCpl
Sam A. Pesuti
22
Phoenix, Az.
Machine Gunner
Sgt
Timothy D. Sabel
23
Ripon, Wis.
*Air Crewman
Cpl
Michael E. Scott
20
Garfield, Ariz.
Rifleman
LCpl
Arthur J. Stilwell
22
Grenada Hills, Ca
Rifleman
LCpl
Thomas W. Woods
23
Southboro, Mass.
Rifleman