Staff Sergeant Charles Lane Huskey

Staff Sergeant Charles Lane Huskey

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, May 29, 1986

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Charles Lane Huskey

Staff Sergeant Charles Huskey, Senior Airman Donald Heitkamp, Airman First Class Barry Holmes, and their two pilots were killed when their UH-1 helicopter crashed shortly after 3:00 pm near Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota.

They were providing security for a missile maintenance movement for a convoy from Ellsworth AFB to Opal when the accident occurred. An additional Security Policeman who was participating in the security of the convoy was the only sole survivor of the crash.

Staff Sergeant Huskey served with the United States Air Force Security Forces for five years and was assigned to the 45th Missle Security Squadron. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location South Dakota

aircraft accident, Convoy

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Huskey, it’s been awhile! I had to come here to tell you first. Why here? I just don’t have any other connections, yet.

Hopefully just one more “hurry up and wait” before you’re memorialized on The Wall where you’ve belonged since 05/1987. It’s all good, though. Good things come to those who wait.

Still no guarantees, but we’re almost on the final leg of the journey. Rest easy, brother. I look forward to the things that are to come to you and your two troops.

Bryan Merrill
USAF SP E4, Sgt (4 yrs)
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DHS/ICE Special Agent, Retired (8yrs)

December 15, 2023

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