1970 Marshall Plane Crash: We Remember

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Thank you for your show of respect"

On the 40th anniversary of the plane crash, I am still so sad about the loss of life that fateful day. Art Harris and his dad, Arthur Harris, Sr. were such great people and Art was a 3-sport star at Passaic High.

Thank you for your show of respect to the Marshall team so long ago.

-Ms. Cassutto(now Haden)

"Lest we ever forget, We Are Marshall"

I was at a lodge dinner with my parents in Ceredo. We kept hearing one siren after another. There were no phones in the lodge hall. Jack Hardin, from the Herald-Dispatch, was there and we all walked outside together. The sirens just kept blaring. Jack said "Oh my God! The Marshall plane is due in about now". Unfortunately, he was correct. I am not sure if Jack ever told this story over the years. Lest we ever forget, We Are Marshall.

-Sam Perkey

Sunday, November 07, 2010

" I'll see you guys when the final whistle blows."

40 years seems so long ago yet it seems like yesterday too when Art Harris and I were playing football in the mud at our local park, playing baseball in high school and winning championships with our church basketball team. I fondly remember the hours of talking sports with Art's dad who was also lost in the tragedy. I remember pitching against Ted Shoebridge and learning quickly that you never get him out with the same pitch twice. Ted was a great athlete and one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet.

I'll see you guys when the final whistle blows.

We are All one Heart, We Are Marshall

Roy Slezak

Thursday, November 04, 2010

"Forever a fan of the Thundering Herd"

Several of the children who lost family in the crash were in Knoxville, TN that weekend. The Huntington youth football program had come to Knoxville to play the Baby Falcons and they stayed in our homes. My family hosted Steve Morehouse. Every Nov 14, I think of my parents breaking the news to us after the Huntington buses pulled away.

I will never forget the polite boy who spent the weekend with us, nor the crash. The Knoxville New Sentinel has run stories about the Marshall crash and its connection to Knoxville over the years. I found it difficult to see the movie when came out, I knew it would be hard to watch but I did finally build up the courage to see it after it was released on DVD. Just like the 6 o'clock news about the war in Vietnam, the Marshall crash is a never fading memory of my childhood.

I have prayed often not only for the Morehouse family but all of Marshall, and one year on Nov 14 I hope be in Huntington for the memorial service at the fountain.

A Tennessee Vol who is also and forever a fan of the Thundering Herd

-BA Strickland Rodgers

Friday, October 01, 2010

"I think everyone in West Virginia mourned for all who died."

"I was only 3 years old when this happened but I can still remember this tragedy. I was born and raised in Parkersburg West Virginia. My father was born and raised there a well. My grandparents and father knew Jeff Nathan and were very sad about his death as well as everyone else who died that tragic night. I think everyone in West Virginia mourned for all who died. May they all rest in peace in the arms of God."


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A memory

Ed Carter,is a good friend of mine who missed the plane crash. He told me his story of how a few days or more before the game,his mother called Ed to come home to Texas...his dad was very ill. As Ed started to make plans to return to Huntington,to catch the plane to East Carolina,his mom warned him not to go...she had a very bad premonition about the plane. Ed listened to his mom's intuition and when he heard about the crash, he was devastated. He told me he always thought it was strange that he would always sit alone on the plane every game. Within a few hours, after the crash, Ed had to go on local tv to let people know he had missed the plane because they had already reported he too had perished. Ed and I attended church and college together at Tenn. Temple University where he graduated from seminary and has been very successful planting new African American churches all over the South. I hope he contacts me someday...I haven't seen him since 1977.I trully believe God has had a special work for Ed and his family!!

Joe Dierdorff

Monday, August 02, 2010

"I remember"

I remember making many, many trips to the Wayne County Coroners Office to pick up death certificates for the plane crash victims. I filled insurance claims, visited many funeral homes, and continued to do other work with a large lump in my throat for months upon end.

Roger Hesson, former Payroll/Emploee Dir. 1963-1979

Sunday, June 06, 2010

"I remember the night of the crash"

I have watched the movie several times and I remember the night of the crash. I am certain that the memory of those boys and the people who were on plane will be remembered as long as there is a Marshall University.

I often think that the sheer tragedy of that night touched so many lives. I wish all the best and think that as long as we can be citizens of this country and sports fans, and family, We Are All Marshall!


Thursday, March 04, 2010

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"I have never forgotten those guys"

David Griffith was a good friend and fellow classmate at Ferrum College.I had the pleasure of working out with Coach Tolley's team at Ferrum, many of whom transferred to Marshall with the coach. I have never forgotten those guys. Picking up the Richmond paper and seeing David's picture held by his wife with baby in hand is permanently etched in my mind.I miss you David-big time.

Joe Kellington