MICHAEL D. TANNER, LT, USN
Michael Tanner '88
Date of birth: October 27, 1965
Date of death: January 10, 1994
An HH-46 Sea Knight from Inchon (LPH-12) crashed in the Atlantic Ocean about 500 miles northeast of Bermuda. The twin-rotor helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 6, Det 1, NAS Norfolk, VA. Missing and presumed dead are LT. Edward "Randy" O'Neill, LT. Michael Tanner, and AT3 Patrick Bleakney. Airman Brian Darley was rescued from the sea by a boat from Trenton (LPD-14) and treated for a hip dislocation, broken wrist and minor scrapes and bruises. Inchon had commenced a scheduled six-month Mediterranean Sea deployment on 5 Jan. 10 Jan 1994.
From the June 1994 issue of Shipmate:
Lt. Michael "Mike" Tanner died in a helicopter accident on 10 January 1994, on a search and rescue mission while deployed on the INCHON (LPH-12). A memorial service was held on 28 January at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel.
Mike was born in St. Albans, Vermont on 27 October 1965. Upon earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training. He earaed his 'Wings of Gold" in September of 1990 and reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE in January 1991 to complete his initial training as a Fleet Replacement Pilot in the H-46 Sea Knight. In September 1991, he reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six for his first tour of duty. While in HC-6, Mike served as the squadron's Detachment Liaison Officer, Assistant Security Manager and Ground Safety Officer.
He deployed to the Meditertanean with Detachment FOUR on board the DETROIT (AOE-4) and served as Detachment Material Control Officer In January 1994 he deployed with Detachment ONE on the INCHON (LRH-12) serving as the Operations Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. While in the squadron, Mike was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, the Battle Efficiency Ribbon, the National Defense Medal, the Sea Service Ribbon, and a Letter of Commendation from Commander Naval Air Force, United States Atlantic Fleet.
As a friend and fellow Shipmate, Mike will always be reraembered for his tireless energy, sense of humor and sarcastic wit. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father and a best friend. He touched the lives of many and his warm heart will be forever missed.
Mike is survived by his wife Lisa, daughter Emily, father Jim, mother Susan Carter, brothers James and Chris, step-brother Jeffrey, sister Johanna and half- sister Jessica.
A college fund has been established for his daughter Emily. Please contact me for details at (W) 410-293-4361, ext. 119 or (H) 410-626-0137.
Lt. Rob Robinson '88
Randy O'Neill '89 was also lost in this crash.