Today we learned the identities of the two lost pilots in Sunday’s terrible accident aboard the USS William P. Laurence. They were Lt. Commander Landon L. Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson, both married with small children.
I created this tribute to them and the HSC-6 “Screamin’ Indians” and hope that the photos, sentiments and the lyrics of this song will ease the hearts of their friends and families and all Americans who join in mourning their loss & sacrifice.
(To view my original post about this accident click here .)
- Names released in Navy helicopter crash (utsandiego.com)
- Search ended for 2 in Navy crash (utsandiego.com)
- Two Still Missing After Sunday Knighthawk Crash (news.usni.org)
[…] We got to spend a day and a half enjoying Waikiki and Pearl Harbor with Brooks. We were privileged to be included in a special Anniversary tour of Pearl Harbor along with some men who were survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Some of these men have never returned to Pearl Harbor until this year. I am sure their minds were traveling 72 years in the past and reliving that awful day as we stood on the memorial floor with the wreckage of the USS Arizona just below the water’s surface. Part of our visit included a “Floral Tribute” ceremony, when we were invited to scatter rose petals on the water in honor of anyone we wished. Brooks, his father and I dropped petals and said prayers for two of Brooks’ fellow helicopter pilots who were lost in an accident on September 22, 2013. (View my video tribute to those heroes in this post .) […]