Officials Dedicate Memorial
HONOLULU (AP) _ A memorial honoring four of the six soldiers killed last year in one of Hawaii’s worst military training accidents was dedicated during a private ceremony Tuesday at Wheeler Army Air Field.
The soldiers were aboard an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed during a night training exercise over Kahuku on Oahu’s North Shore on Feb. 12, 2001. Eleven soldiers aboard a second Black Hawk helicopter involved in the crash survived.
A memorial stone and plaque with the soldiers’ names were unveiled and dedicated during the ceremony for the families and members of the 25th Aviation Regiment and 11th Field Artillery of the 25th Infantry Division.
``The accident has had a tremendous impact on the division,″ said Col. James S. Schisser, commander of 25th Aviation Brigade at Wheeler Field.
Killed in the crash were Maj. Robert L. Olson, of International Falls, Minn.; Chief Warrant Officer IV George P. Perry, of San Francisco, Calif.; Chief Warrant Officer II Gregory I. Montgomery, of Hesperia, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Thomas E. Barber, of Champlin, Minn.; Sgt. Bob D. MacDonald, of Alta Loma, Calif.; and Spc. Rafael Olvera-Rodriguez, of El Paso, Texas.
Honored Tuesday were Perry, Montgomery, Barber and MacDonald, who were part of the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment. Olson and Olvera-Rodriguez, who were members of the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, will be honored in a separate ceremony this summer.