Fort Hood Blackhawk Helicopter Accident

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Bruceville - Eddy, TX

Branch of Service: United States Army


Seven soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed after hitting a support wire on a TV transmission tower whose warning lights had been knocked out in a storm the week beforehand. The UH-60 Black Hawk, bound for the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, went down in a field about 30 miles northeast of Fort Hood. The fog was so thick when emergency crews arrived that they could not see more than halfway up the tower, authorities said.

The soldiers killed were Chief Warrant Officer 2 David H. Gardner Jr., 32, of Iowa, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark W. Evans Jr., 27, of Florida, the helicopter’s pilots; Brigadier General Charles B. Allen, 49, of Oklahoma; Colonel James M. Moore, 47, of Peabody, Massachusetts.; Captain Todd T. Christmas, 26, of Wagon Mount, New Mexico; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Douglas V. Clapp, 48, of Greensboro. North Carolina; and Specialist
Richard L. Brown, 29, Stonewall, Louisiana.


Date of Death: November 29, 2004

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