In Memory

Walter Hogan

August 11, 1988 - San Diego

Naval Air Station North Island

A Navy helicopter on a training mission crashed into the ocean south of San Clemente Island Wednesday morning, critically injuring a crew member from San Diego and leaving one man missing, the Navy reported.

The search continued into the night Wednesday for Lt. (j.g.) Walter S. Hogan, who was lost after the Navy SH-2F helicopter went down about 35 miles south of the island, the Navy said. Hogan, 27, lives in Tucson, Ariz., but he and his wife have been staying in San Diego during his assignment at North Island Naval Air Station, Navy spokesman Ken Mitchell said.

Lt. Mark S. Eoff, 33, of East San Diego was taken to the Navy Hospital in Balboa Park in critical condition, Mitchell said. Two other crewmen were also taken to the hospital, where they were listed in stable condition. They were identified as Technician 3rd Class John C. Santana, 22, of Bronx, N.Y., and Technical Airman Steven P. Zelasco, 21, of Virginia, Minn.

The aircraft, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 35 was on a training mission.

Posted by Ken McNeill

I served with Walt in the US Navy during the 1980's. He was assigned to HSL-35 while I was in HSL-33 (sister squadrons). The HSL squadrons were dismantled in '92 (I believe) and the squadron hangers were set for demolition later this year (2018). We recently had a 35 year reunion and rekindled some old friendships with our shipmates.

We toasted our lost shipmates - I specifically mentioned Walt. Fair winds and following seas shipmate. You are gone, but never forgotten. Rest easy.



 
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10/28/18 04:03 PM #1    

Kenneth McNeill

 

August 11, 1988 - San Diego

 

Naval Air Station North Island

A Navy helicopter on a training mission crashed into the ocean south of San Clemente Island Wednesday morning, critically injuring a crew member from San Diego and leaving one man missing, the Navy reported.

The search continued into the night Wednesday for Lt. (j.g.) Walter S. Hogan, who was lost after the Navy SH-2F helicopter went down about 35 miles south of the island, the Navy said. Hogan, 27, lives in Tucson, Ariz., but he and his wife have been staying in San Diego during his assignment at North Island Naval Air Station, Navy spokesman Ken Mitchell said.

Lt. Mark S. Eoff, 33, of East San Diego was taken to the Navy Hospital in Balboa Park in critical condition, Mitchell said. Two other crewmen were also taken to the hospital, where they were listed in stable condition. They were identified as Technician 3rd Class John C. Santana, 22, of Bronx, N.Y., and Technical Airman Steven P. Zelasco, 21, of Virginia, Minn.

The aircraft, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 35 was on a training mission.

Posted by Ken McNeill

I served with Walt in the US Navy during the 1980's. He was assigned to HSL-35 while I was in HSL-33 (sister squadrons). The HSL squadrons were dismantled in '92 (I believe) and the squadron hangers were set for demolition later this year (2018). We recently had a 35 year reunion and rekindled some old friendships with our shipmates.

We toasted our lost shipmates - I specifically mentioned Walt. Fair winds and following seas shipmate. You are gone, but never forgotten. Rest easy.

HSL 35 in the background - HSL 33 in foreground. 2018 HSL Reunion

 


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