In Memoriam…

30 years ago today, June 16, 1983, “Yankee Bravo Zero Six” was on a submarine-hunting training mission north of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.The Orion’s radar was off, in order to be undetected by the submarine. The night and overcast sky made for zero visibility.

At just after 4 a.m., the aircraft hit a steep ridge on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai.
All fourteen Shipmates were lost.

In memory of the 14 men aboard U.S. Navy P-3 Orion YB-06 of VP-1 that crashed on the ridgeline between Honopu and Kalalau valleys on June 16, 1983.

Squadron VP-1
Lt. Cmdr. J.R. Moseley, Macon, Georgia
Lt. M.E. Gallagher, Pensacola, Florida
Lt. j.g. R.L. Coulter, Glendora, N.J.
Lt. j.g. R.W. Bruno, Mojave, Calif.
Lt j.g. M.R. Lunde, Arlington, Texas
S.A. Phipps, Monticello, Ky.
B.M. Sparrow, Westland Michigan
B.D. Sunde, Erie, Pa.
R.C. Wilson, Fresno, Calif.
A.S. Castillo, Hollister, Calif.
Ronald Lipschutz Jr., Elverta, Calif. hometown Southington, CT.
L.A. Roth, Oxnard, Calif. and Houston
C. Chambers, Houston, Texas
D. Stringer, Eau Claire, Wis.

RIP all, we carried on and your loss was NOT in vain, RIP…


In Memoriam… — 11 Comments

  1. The Cold War was only cold if you were at home, warm and safe in the United States. For those at the sharp point of the spear, there was never a sense that there was not a war underway.

  2. Amen NFO. I was Army but like those men I was one of the Cold Warriors. I will grieve for them with you my friend.

  3. How well I know your loss. Each year we do the roll call and the tolling of the bell for each of our Lost 74. It is a part of being in the military, but never the less, not easy to take.

    RIP to the fallen and love and prayers to the families and friends.

  4. GreyMan,

    Thank you for the 30 year memorial for all that lost their lives that fateful morning. Everyone forgets that every person in the military whether in a war zone or not, serves for American freedom. I am the sister of Ronald Lipschutz Jr. killed on June16, 1983. I lost my childhood the day he died. We were very close.

    Kind Regards,
    Dawn Lee Lipschutz-Snell

  5. Dawn- My condolences, I’d been there flown the same missions in VP4 back in the 70s. I knew a couple of folks on that bird also.

    • Thank you OldNFO! I just don’t want them forgotten.