Reserve squadron HM-18 was established October 14, 1986 and was deactivated on March 1995 when was merged with HM-14
I was the first planecaptian, Captian Walter Skinner signed into HM-18 and also flew with him as air crew knew LCDR Greg Bingium and a couple others on the fateful flight.
June 19, 1992: My uncle was a Crew member in that squadron when he and 6 others died aboard /NW-601. His name was CPO David Romesburg. I have a scrap book about the incident. Ironically my stepfather was at that time stationed at MDSU at Littlecreek Amphibious Base, who was on the wreckage recovery mission for 601.
I was with HM18 for a year as a reservist. I got out about a month before the crash. As I remember the squadron, it was disorganized, and my shop was poorly run, and offered no training. I don't remember Chief Romesburg, and I am sorry you lost your friend. I was saddened, but unsurprised when I heard of the wreck. Hearing they'd been folded into HM14 made me feel better about the safety of my shipmates.
1990-1992, I was part of HM-18. I remember CWO Romesburg particularly well. As a young E-3, I was going through a separation with my then wife who moved back to Chicago area, and I was forced to move back to base and I had no one to help me move my stuff out of our apartment. Chief came over on his off day and helped me get that done. He was a true leader!! I think about him and his family often feeling sorry for them that he, along with all the others on that flight, who were taken too early from their loved ones.
HM-18 List of helicopters
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|65-370||RH-53D|| 158747 : w/o 12apr91 HM-18 /NW-605 |