Finneral, George Scott, AD3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1988-1991, AD-0000, HM-15 Blackhawks
Service Years
1988 - 1991
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lowell, Massachusetts
Last Address
USS Peleliu (LHA-5)

Casualty Date
Sep 14, 1991
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Indian Ocean
Gulf War (Iraq)
Location of Interment
Lowell Cemetery - Lowell, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: East Meadow, Lot EM#200

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 Military Association Memberships
Gulf War FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1991, Gulf War Fallen
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Air Crew Wings

 Duty Stations
HM-15 Blackhawks
  1988-1991, AD-0000, HM-15 Blackhawks
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait/Operation Desert Storm
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 14 September 1991 in the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Bahrain (coordinates N26 46.9 E050 56.4) six squadron mates from HM-15 DET TWO died when their MH-53E crashed at night after departing the USS Peleliu (LHA-5).  Ironically, that particular airframe, Hurricane 16, was the MH-53E that replaced the one lost a few years earlier (Hurricane 06) off the coast of California.  They were departing the Peleliu at night while on a resupply mission from Bahrain.  The well fires from the Gulf War were still obscuring the sky and played a part in the crew's demise.

All five (5) crewmen and one aircraft maintainer died on impact.  They are:

LT Thomas Larson, USN (HAC)
LTJG Craig Valentine, USN (Copilot)
AMH2 Michael R. Butch, USN (Crew Chief)
AD3 George Finneral, USN (Aircrew)
AT3 William A. Holt, USN (Aircrew)
AN Jorge L. Guerrero, USN (Maintenance Tech)

LTjg Valentine and the crew of Hurricane 16 have a memorial in their honor at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo Museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Kalamazoo is LTjg Valentine's hometown and where he is buried.

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