40th Anniversary of the Jolly 85 Helicopter Accident in the US

Saluting the American flag, friends, family and current and veteran military members show their respect during a ceremony at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1505 in Keeseville, honoring the 40th anniversary of the Jolly 85 helicopter crash on nearby Trembleau Mountain.KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTO

atynews.com – On Wednesday, Families, military members and veterans commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Jolly 85 helicopter crash.

A ceremony was held Wednesday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1505 in Keeseville.

As of June 13, 1978, the search and rescue helicopter HH-3 “Jolly Green Giant” was operated by 102 Aerospace Rescue Squadron of the 106th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group, the New York Air National Guard in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, has returned home . from Plattsburgh Air Force Base after training there.

The seven crew were facing bad weather and the pilot, Captain John D. Sfeir, called the base to say they were turning around.

The plane crashed on a fog-covered Mount Trembleau.

The memorial monument honors the crew, also Captain John W. Kleven, MSgt. Allan C. Snyder, TSgt. Ronald H. Allen, TSgt. Ralph J. Tomassone Jr., SSgt. Scott B. Hursh and SSgt. David D. Lambert, stationed at both the accident site and VFW Post 1505, was purchased with funds collected by VFW Pos 5350 in Westhampton Beach.

Some of their friends, relatives and friends also respected him in several states.