Kloss, James Merlyn, LCpl

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Lance Corporal
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6115-Helicopter Mechanic CH-53E
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Aircraft Maintenance/Rotary Wing
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1983-1984, 6115, HMH-465 (Warhorse)
Service Years
1982 - 1984

Lance Corporal


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSgt Jerry Moots (JamNJerry) to remember Marine LCpl James Merlyn Kloss ("95.5 KLOS").

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Jun 01, 1984
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Air Loss, Crash - Sea
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Riverside National Cemetery - Riverside, California
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Section 5 SSite 4215

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HMH-465 (Warhorse)
  1983-1984, 6115, HMH-465 (Warhorse)
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L/Cpl James Kloss, or "95.5 KLOS" as we used to refer to him after one of the local rock and roll radio stations we all listened to, came to the flight line right before I went into QA.

I did not have the pleasure of working with "95.5 KLOS" all that much but I would see him right in the thick of the maintenance each and every time I was called out to QA something on the aircraft.

As I recall, James was a blonde headed Marine with a very pronounced physical stature. That of a professional body builder and I do believe he was into weight lifting in those days. He had not been an enlisted air crewmen very long when he was lost.

James "95.5 KLOS" Kloss 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.

I remember a flight of 2 or 3 aircraft doing some type of FRAG mission down at Camp Pen. This was during the time when we had to shut down every so many flight hours to inspect something on the MRH. The pilot, Maj Clinton, (AMO at the time) got out of the cockpit to relieve himself. He chose the spot right in front of the R/H sponson. His crew chief, LCpl Kloss, decided at that time to climb up and do the inspection. As we all did, he grabbed the utility hoist to swing over to the R/H sponson and then up the side of the aircraft. Unfortunately, he didn't see Maj Clinton. As a result, his knee made contact, rather harshly, with the back of the AMO's head. The result was obvious...
the AMO's head bounced off the forward edge of the sponson and he fell back on the ground with his pecker still hanging out of his flight suit, still urinating. Pretty funny at the time, but Kloss was terrified. Word got back to the squadron and the S-1 officer, I believe it was Maj Hedin at that time, trumped up a set of various charges against LCpl Kloss. The most serious was "assault against a superior officer". They actually marched Kloss into the C.O.'s office to read the charges and to "recommend" trial by courts marshall. Then they all had a good laugh. It took Kloss a little while to realize he wasn't going to the brig. I still miss that whole flight crew. Thanks for remembering them for all of us.

Semper Fi, Pat
Contributed by MGysgt Pat Woods

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