ANTHONY W. STANCIL, CAPT, USMCR
Anthony Stancil '86
Date of birth: June 1, 1964
Date of death: July 27, 1990
In Southern California, a UH-1N Huey helicopter crashed in the Chocolate Mountain Bombing Range, about 55 miles northwest of the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Ariz., said Capt. Mary Baldwin, a Camp Pendleton spokeswoman.
The helicopter's pilot, Maj. Bob Maguire, and co-pilot, Lt. Tony Stancil, were killed in the crash, Baldwin said.
The Huey was carrying practice rockets and small-caliber ammunition, Rodriguez said.
Submitted by Alan H Barbour, Historian, Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter Association
Source: Houston Chronicle Archives - July 29, 1990
Crash was on July 27, 1990.
There were a total of four aircraft on site when the accident occurred. Two Cobras’ were flying high, popping flares for illumination, while two Huey’s were attacking simulated ground targets. As the first Huey was breaking off the second Huey was rolling in hot when a mechanical failure occurred and the aircraft crashed. Both pilots were killed on impact. Three other crew members sustained moderate injuries and were medevaced to Yuma Regional Medical Center. Allen Herring, Involved
News reports identified the chopper and its crew as assigned to the Medium Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton.
From the North County Times on August 2, 1990:
Captain Anthony W. Stancil was born in Greenville, North Carolina, on June 1, 1964. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1986, earning a degree in engineering.
Captain Stancil was commissioned on May 21, 1986, and was assigned to The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia. Upon completion, he was assigned to Marine Aviation Training Support Group, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, to begin flight training. Captain Stancil successfully completed flight training and received his Naval Aviators Wings of Gold on May 20, 1988. Captain Stancil was subsequently assigned to Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 303 for flight training in the UH-1N Aircraft On November 29, 1988, he reported for duty to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 and assumed the duties of a Squadron Pilot. Additional duties included those of Squadron Responsible Officer. Captain Stancil deployed with the squadron to Okinawa, Japan, in June 1989 and was assigned the duties of UH-1N schedule writer upon the units return. Captain Stancil was a section leader and ordnance instructor and showed great potential for additional qualifications.
Captain Stancil is survived by his parents, George and Brownie Stancil, and his brother, Scott.