1970 Marshall Plane Crash: We Remember

What are your memories of Nov. 14, 1970? Share them here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

"Thank you for the kind and touching words about my father"


Thank you for the kind and touching words about my father. I'm very happy to hear you have good memories of knowing him and watching him play. While it is very true, life was never the same for the people and community affected by the tragedy. The individual and collective strength of pure love, compassion, and fortitude allow us to move forward.

Daniel Dodson Stainback

Monday, August 17, 2009

"My heart, too, goes out the everyone who lost a loved one that night"

My name is Pat (Grey) Burton. For the first time, I watched We Are Marshall last night on TV... then I watched it again. What a horrible, tragic loss for so many. I graduated high school with John Stainback, the brother of Jerry Dotson (J.D.) Stainback who died in that crash. J.D. was a couple of years older than Johnny and I, and I remember watching J.D. play football while at Warwick. He has a terrific person, fun loving, good looking, down to earth nice guy and great ball player. After seeing the movie, I logged into Goggle and began reading all the stories and seeing all the pictures. It was as though time had stood still, so many years ago. J.D's. MU picture looked just like he did in high school. Just read a story written in a Roanoke newspaper, entitled 35 Years of Pain where it discussed the 7 Ferrum players who transferred over to MU, one of them J.D. Thought I remembered he'd married and sure enough the article mentioned his wife and child at the time. My heart, too, goes out the everyone who lost a loved one that night. I know for the Stainback family, life surely was never the same.

-Pat Burton

Monday, August 10, 2009

"My heart goes out to all the families and their tremendous losses."

My best friend, Shirley Mealey and Ray Hagley, were my friends in Huntington schools many years ago.

I later lived in CA and heard of the crash and phoned quickly..finally reaching a distraught lady who answered Dr. Hagley's office phone and told me they were both in the plane. I felt so helpless!

Shirley and I had often talked and written of getting our families together while they were all young.

My heart goes out to all the families and their tremendous losses.

Barbara (Riggs) Taylor

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"It really had a very powerful impact on me"

I played football for 6 years total. 4 in high school, 2 in semi pro... and when I saw the movie "We are marshall" it really had a very powerful impact on me. It was probably the most powerful film i've ever seen... My heart and prayers go out to those who were close to the ones who were lost. GO HERD!

-Pete Gaines, Berkshire Mountaineers

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

"I remember that night so well"

I remember that night so well. Dark and drizzly. My father was a Marshall English professor and a big sports fan. He rushed over to the university to see what he could do to help, and they put him on the most terrible job of all. He was one of the people who had to call parents of the football team and tell them their sons were gone.

He could never talk about it but said it was the worst thing he's ever had to do in his life.

Lucy Proctor, who lost both parents in the crash, was in my class at Huntington High School. I didn't know what to say to her and so I didn't say anything. I regret that so much now.

-Julie Sullivan

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"We will always remember"

I grew up in Huntington WV. There isn't a greater place to live or a more loving city. I was only 8 years old when this crash happened and remember well the fight back to be the awesome team that THE THUNDERING HERD has become. We will always remember those who lost their lives on that tragic night. The people of Huntington and MARSHALL will continue to be overcomers. Even though I live in Kentucky now I will always follow our HERD and keep them in my heart. LOVE YOU HUNTINGTON

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"My heart goes out...

I'm Horace & I live in Augusta, ga.

I watched the movie Yesterday. My Heart goes out for the coaches,players, relatives & the town who suffered this tragady. I was about 10 when this happaned & never knew of it....Please Remember, They not ONLY live in your hearts...They now live in mine & millions of Other people who will watch the movie. Bless you all. Bless THE TEAM & GO MARSHALL!!