Edison HS Grad Serves In Afghanistan As Vietnam-Era Helicopters Fly Final Mission

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 completed a memorial flight over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 9 with the CH-53D. (Photo credit: Cpl. Isaac Lamberth)

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 completed a memorial flight over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 9 with the CH-53D. (Photo credit: Cpl. Isaac Lamberth)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan–Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adam T. Sharp, a 2010 graduate of Edison High School, assigned to Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMH-362) homeported at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii is currently forward deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Sharp along with fellow Marines conducted the final flight of CH-53D heavy lift helicopter. The squadron, known as the “Ugly Angels, ” has used the D model since 1969. The D model was introduced during the Vietnam War and was designed to carry cargo, vehicles, artillery and troops operating in naval environments. The need for greater carrying capacity forced the development of the E model

The E model, a faster and more powerful make, first entered service in the 1980’s and will replace the Vietnam-era aircraft.

Upon completion of their 4th deployment to Afghanistan, the squadron will be deactivated after 60 years of service. In addition to seven years duty in Vietnam, the squadron has been deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm (the first Gulf War) and twice to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sharp joined the Marine Corps in August 2010.

 


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