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  S-3A Viking Bureau Number 160567  
USN
CVW-14
VS-35

Pilot  Lt. Cmdr. Scott A. Zellem (KIA, BR) Indiana, PA
Crew  Lt. Patrick S. Myrick (KIA, BR) Seattle, WA
Crew  Lt. James J. Pupplo (KIA, BR) Selden, NY

Crew  Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua B. Showalter (KIA, BR) Fontana, California
Crashed  August 10, 2004

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed. MSN 394A-1147/1187. Transfered to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARC). Next, assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN), CVW-14 to squadron VS-35.

Mission History
On August 10, 2004 took off from USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on a naval exercise over the Pacific Ocean. This aircraft crashed on North Iwo Jima (Kita Iwo Jima) and the entire crew was killed on impact. Afterwards, the cause of crash was likely due to crew error, believed mistook radar image of island for that of carrier.

Search
After the crash, HS-14 deployed two Seahawks within three hours to Iwo Jima to conduct search and recovery operations. Working closely with USAF Pararescuemen (PJs) from the 33rd RQS, the USS Lake Champlain and USS Gary, HS-14 was able to locate the crash site and recovered the remains of the crew and salvaged parts of the wreckage.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized with a memorial marker at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at plot A-H 64. After the recovery of remains, the four crew were transported to the United States for permenant burial. Zellem and Myrick are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Zellem at section 66, Site 3003. Myrick at section 34 site 3681. Showalter and Pupplo are buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Showalter at secion Y site 9-A. Pupplo at secion A-E site 140A. After the crash, U. S. President Bush wrote to the wife of one of the crew.

References
Other sources list this aircraft as a S-3B Viking
JoeBaugher.com US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos Third Series (160007 to 163049)
Project Gutenberg - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron One Four (HSC-14)
USN "Stennis Remembers Four Aviators Lost in Viking Crash" August 16, 2004
Stars & Stripes "Navy holds memorial service for aviators killed in S-3B Viking crash" August 18, 2004
WN.com "High school honors fallen Navy pilot" October 10, 2014
Arlington National Cemetery Website - Patrick Sean Myrick
FindAGrave - LTC Scott A Zellem (memorial photo)
FindAGrave - LCDR Scott Allen Zellem (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Patrick Sean Myrick (memorial photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Patrick Sean Myrick (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut James Joseph Pupplo (memorial photo)
FindAGrave - Joshua Brent Showalter (photos, memorial photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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