1970 Marshall Plane Crash: We Remember

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

In memory of Tommy Howard

My brother died on the crash. His name was Tommy Howard, and he was #60. I was 15 when it happened, my sister was 17, and my little brother was 10. My little brother was the first to see the news of the crash come across the TV. My sister and I were on dates. My parents were at home. My brother was coming home that night. We only lived about 45 minutes from the University. Our home town was Milton, WV. We were very proud of him. He was a wonderful person. He is deeply missed and will forever be in our hearts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear "Anonymous" -- I was your classmate at Milton High, although a year older, a junior. We didn't know each other very well, but my heart broke for you. You handled the tragedy with such grace and dignity for a 15-year-old. I often thought how you were able to continue on. I saw tears in your eyes at times and had such respect for you. I prayed for you and your family a lot during that time, and I hope those prayers helped. My brother was attending Marshall at the time of the crash, and had gone to Milton H.S. with Tommy. My Mom worked at the Teacher's College at Marshall and knew so many of the boys, and Tommy's death especially affected her. I finally saw "We Are Marshall" last night -- it was very rough. I thought of Tommy the entire time, and you, "Anonymous." God bless you and just know Tommy is remembered as a handsome, strong young man, and you and your family are admired for handling such a tragedy with courage and grace. ~ Joanie