Utsinger, John Joseph, CPL

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6115-Helicopter Mechanic CH-53E
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Aircraft Maintenance/Rotary Wing
Primary Unit
1983-1984, 6115, HMH-465 (Warhorse)
Service Years
1981 - 1984



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSgt Jerry Moots (JamNJerry) to remember Marine CPL John Joseph Utsinger ("Big John").

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Casualty Date
Jun 01, 1984
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Air Loss, Crash - Sea
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HMH-465 (Warhorse)
  1983-1984, 6115, HMH-465 (Warhorse)
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"Big John" Utsinger was a man among men, both literally and figuratively! He stood tall among his peers and was well liked and respected by all who knew or came in contact with him. His sense of humor was bigger then himself.

I had the opportunity as a young and newly promoted Staff Sergeant to train Big John for the short time I was on the flight line. He learned quickly and he had the knack and common sense required to be a good helicopter mechanic and Marine.

John had not been and enlisted air crewmen very long prior to the mishap. I do not recall having the opportunity to fly with John as my first mech, and if I had, my job would have been very easy because he wanted to do it all!

"Big John" 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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