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Old 09-19-2009, 04:44 AM   #937
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Marshall University Plane Crash - Wayne Co

November 14th, 1970. On a rainy hill side in Wayne County, West Virginia, the lives of 75 people were lost in the worst single air tragedy in NCAA sports history. Among the losses were nearly the entire Marshall University football team, coaches, flight crew, numerous fans, and supporters. The event marked a boundary by which an entire community would forever measure time... before or after "The Crash". This site is a memorial to the lives that were lost on that evening; to honor those men and women who made a mark in the hearts of a school, a community and a nation.

There is too much to write in this post about the scope of this tragedy, so I will include some links below with complete stories about the young men and women who's lives were cut short in their prime.

Marshall University Site:

WV Archives and History Site:

History Channel - This Day in History:


Historical Marker located on a closed section of Old Rt 75 about 5 miles south of Ceredo/Kenova area.

Same Marker - Side #2

A nice memorial area is set up near the site of the crash.

View from across the road, with the crash site area in the background.

Another view of the memorial.

Section of Spring Hill Cemetery in eastern Huntington dedicated to the Marshall Football Team. The 6 unidentified victims are buried in the foreground. (File photo)

Monument at Spring Hill Cemetery. (File photo)

Same monument - front side. (File photo)

This fountain memorial is located on campus. (File photo)

I used a few file photos of the cemetery and campus memorial, although I rode by each location this time also.

Like I said earlier, I could write pages about this event, one of the darkest days in WV history, and it still would not be enough. Read the links above, and watch the movie "We Are Marshall". If you still have a dry eye after watching the movie, you're a tougher man than I am.
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