The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 08.05.1965, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 08.05.1965, Blaðsíða 1
AFWL's Eighth Ranked Sea Service Newspaper - 1964 THE "WHITE IF sill ce (Mm U.S. NAVAL STATION, KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ICELAND Volume IV, Number 17 Saturday, May 8, 1965 Capt Robert IK, Sparks Dies In Helicopter Disaster En Route To Naval Station Capt Robert R. Sparks Colonel House Among Five Killed In Flight From Hvalf jordur A Sikorsky SH-34-J helicopter crashed and burned seven miles east of the Naval Station about .7 p.m. May 1, taking the life of the Naval Station's commanding officer, Capt Robert R. Sparks. Also killed were: Lt. Col. Arthur E. House, Jr., commanding officer of the Marine Bar- racks; John M. Brink, an American civilian and Special Services officer for the Naval Station; Lt Clinton L. Tuttle, pilot of the helicopter and the naval station's personnel officer, and Aviation Machinist's Mate Billy W. Reynolds, the aircraft's plane captain. There were no other passengers in the helicopter. The craft was returning to the Naval Station from Hvalfjordur, located about 85 miles northeast of Keflavik, when'*' the crash occurred. Lt. Col. Arthur E. House, Jr. Cause of the crash is not known. An investigation is underway to determine the cause. Captain Sparks, 46, a qualified Naval aviator, received his com- mission in October 1941. He re- ported as commanding officer of the Keflavik Naval Station from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in August 1964. During World War II, the cap- tain saw service in the Pacific with the original "Black Cats" of Aircraft Patrol Squadron 44— before and during the' battle of Midway—and with Patrol Squad- rons 54 and 13. Later, while as- signed to the Task Group, he participated in the assault of Tarawa. When the island was se- cured, he moved ashore for staff duty with the first island com- mander. Sparks' Family Captain Sparks is survived by: his wife, Marjorie; a son, Robert R. Jr., 18, and two daughters, Leslie, 15 and Nancy, 11. Lt. Col. A.E. House, Jr., 41, was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1942. Before reporting as commanding officer of the Marine Barracks here in July 1963, he was as- signed to U.S. Marine Corps School at Quantico, Va. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and was awarded 10 decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal. Colonel House is survived by: his wife, Caroline; a son, Steven, 15, and a daughter, Karen, 12. Brink, 39, first came to Iceland in 1948 as an employee with the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. In 1950 he took a job with Met- calfe, Smith and Beck Construc- tion Company and, i started working for the Air Force Helicopter Training Squadron 8, Transportation Squadron at Keflavik. When the Navy took over host responsibilities here in 1961, Brink's Family Brink was hired by the Navy. He worked first as an administrative assistant, then later as branch manager in the admin division of Public Works before transferring to Special Services. Brink is survived by: his wife, Patricia; a daughter, Jane Emily, 8 months, and six children by a previous marriage. Lieutenant Tuttle, 32, enter- ed the Navy as an enlisted man in September 1951. In 1956 he entered the Na- val Reserve Offi- cers' Training Corps (NROTC) at Tufts College, Medford, Mass., and was commissioned that same year. He reported as personnel offi- cer of the Naval Station from Ellyson Field, Pensacola, Fla. Tuttle's Family He is survived by: his wife, Else Merethe, and a son, Clinton, 4. Reynolds, 27, enlisted in the Navy in March 1955. Before re- porting for duty in the Aviation Maintenance Division (AMD) of the Keflavik Naval Station i n November 1964, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval School Com- mand, Memphis, Tenn. Reynolds was not married. Religious Services Religious services for the dead were held at the Naval Station Chapel Tuesday afternoon. Among the hundreds of mourn- ers attending the services were Prime Minister Bjarni Benedikts- son, U.S. Ambassador to Iceland James K. Penfield and Com- mander, Iceland Defense F»rce RAdm Ralph Weymouth. Navy-Marine Guards A Marine Color Guard and Navy-Marine Honor Guard ren- dered honors for the dead before the services began. The Navy Band also participated. DOWNED HELICOPTER—The still smoking cabin section destroyed by the crash and fire, only the tail section of a Keflavik Naval Station heli- copter remains intact after a disaster claimed the lives of all those 1956, I aboard it Saturday evening.

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