Schaefer, Thomas, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
7566-Pilot HMH CH-53E Qualified
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1984-1984, 7560, HMH-465 (Warhorse)
Service Years
1981 - 1984

First Lieutenant


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Home State
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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSgt Jerry Moots (JamNJerry) to remember Marine 1stLt Thomas Schaefer.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jun 01, 1984
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Combat and Noncombat Operations
Location of Interment
Saint Mary's Cemetery - Melrose, Minnesota
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 Unit Assignments
HMH-465 (Warhorse)
  1984-1984, 7560, HMH-465 (Warhorse)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Schaefer was a fairly new H2P with HMH-465 prior to his death.

He was very active in his Cathloic faith. My wife and I attend Catholic Mass at the Tustin base chapel the week before the mishap. My wife was a volunteer CCD teacher for the kids on Sundays after mass and we remember seing Thomas in the church choir during that service. The next Sunday we were eulogizing a fallen Marine at Mass.

I had the oppurtunity to fly with Thomas on a few occasions prior to my leaving the squadron and he had the potential to be a very good pilot. You never saw him without a smile on his face. He will not be forgotten.
June 3, 1984
AROUND THE NATION; 4 in Marine Helicopter Killed in Coast Crash
A Marine Corps helicopter participating in a training exercise off the coast of San Clemente Island crashed into the Pacific Friday, and all four people aboard were killed.

The dead were Capt. Barry Michael Thompson, 28 years old, First Lieut. Thomas Otto Schaefer, 25, Lance Cpl. James Merlyn Kloss, 24, and Cpl. John J. Utsinger, 21.

Sgt. Richard Odermann said the helicopter, a CH-53 Echo, was from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, Calif.

The aircraft crashed into about 1,700 feet of water, about 11 miles southwest of the island, as the pilot attempted to lift and transport a five-ton truck, Sergeant Odermann said.

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