Army specialist Jeremy Tomlin passes

| April 20, 2017

We mentioned the hard landing that a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter made the other day in Leonardtown, Maryland. 22-year-old Army specialist Jeremy Tomlin was killed in that golf course landing near Washington, DC according to the Department of Defense.

Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin, 22, a UH-60 crew chief assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion originally from Chapel Hill, Tennessee died at the scene.

Tomlin was pronounced dead at 1:34 p.m., by a St. Mary’s County first responder.

Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas, a pilot, and Capt. Terikazu Onoda, Charlie Company commander, were injured in the incident. Both are listed in critical condition at the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Maryland.

The Associated Press talked to Jeremy’s family;

“Jeremy loved to hunt and fish,” grandfather Ronnie Tomlin said. “Growing up, he never caused anyone trouble. All he wanted to do was play video games. He was just an average kid.”

Tomlin, the helicopter’s crew chief, grew up in the Chapel Hill, Tennessee, area. He was assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion and stationed at Davison Airfield in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

He started playing video games at age 3 or 4, Jenny Tomlin said.

After graduating from high school in Unionville and turning 18, he headed off. He married his high school sweetheart, Jessica, before shipping off to Germany and they spent two years there, Jenny Tomlin said.

“He loved working on those helicopters and he loved flying,” Ronnie Tomlin said. When Jeremy Tomlin spoke to his grandfather recently, he said he was interested in getting into special operations.

Training for war is as deadly as war.

Category: Army News

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  1. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Sad loss, sounds like a solid young man with his head squared away.

    Condolences to his family and friends, I am so sorry to hear of this loss.

  2. Fm2176 says:

    RIP SPC Tomlin. 12th AVN flew my team to Dover AFB a number of times, and also trained with us at AP Hill on occasion. Outstanding Aviators and a major loss to the Army.

  3. HMC Ret says:

    Rest in Peace, Brother. You made the supreme sacrifice. Blessings for your family …

  4. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Yeah, this hurts. As for the AP reaching out to his family and succeeding in getting hold of this trooper’s grandfather, I find that effort repugnant.

    • David says:

      Grandpa may be the designated family spokesman. Doesn’t appear to have been a muckraking or salacious effort on AP’s part, think I’d give them a pass this time.

  5. Doc Savage says:

    Rest in peace young warrior.

  6. Eden says:

    Rest in peace, Soldier. Praying for his family and for the two injured Soldiers.

  7. Wilted Willy says:

    May God bless you and your family at this terrible time. BZ young man, God bless your soul.

  8. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Yet another young Warrior taken from us far too soon, Rest in Peace.

  9. Sparks says:

    God rest you well SPC Tomlin. God be with your family now.

  10. Thunderstixx says:

    He died doing what he loved.
    Nothing more can be said about that.
    Other than RIP Trooper, mission accomplished.

  11. Retired Grunt says:

    Jesus, he looks like one of my own sons. God bless and keep his family. I’ve had the fortune all of my life to walk away… I was so lucky!!

  12. Ex-PH2 says:

    Way too young to leave us. Res in peace.

  13. ex-OS2 says:

    Rest in Peace, Brother.

  14. Stephen F. McCartney M.D. says:

    God Bless You trooper. It is servicemen like you at your young age that allow us old vets to feel the nation is in good hands and we sleep better each night knowing it.
    Rest in Peace a grateful nation mourns for you

    CAPT Bones USN (ret)

  15. ALVO says:

    “He loved to hunt and fish…”
    I will dedicate next catch to Jeremy Tomlin.
    R.I.P. Brave Young Man

  16. Betty Williams says:

    Thanks to Jeremy and this family for their service and sacrifice for America. No words can help your lose at this time . Prayers ,tears and thoughts, from this military’ Mom

  17. Kayla Tomlin Harris says:

    As it comes right up on the year, we are finding ourselves still hurt. Jeremy was the best brother anyone could of asked for. I loved him so very much. I miss my big brother and reading these articles helps us to not forget. He was supposed to be coming home by now and I keep waking up from my dream only to find the nightmare was out here with me. I love you bubs.