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On December 11, 1985, a Douglas DC-8 departed Cairo enroute to Campbell Air Force Base, Kentucky via Germany and Gander, Newfoundland. On board were eight crew and 248 passengers. The 248 passengers were members of the 101st Airborne Division, United States Army, who had been on peace keeping duties in the Sinai Desert.

As the plane departed Gander, it failed to gain altitude and crashed about a half mile beyond the end of the runway. The aircraft was destroyed by the impact and the fuel-fed fire. All 256 occupants on board lost their lives. The crash was the worst air disaster ever in Canada.

This memorial was designed by Lorne Rostotski of St. John's, Newfoundland and sculpted by Stephen Shields of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It depicts an unarmed soldier standing atop a massive rock holding the hands of two civilian children. The children, a boy and a girl, each hold an olive branch, denoting the peace keeping mission of of the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles" in the Sinai Peninsula.

The trio, surrounded by trees, hills, and rocks of the crash site looks into the future, beyond Gander Lake and in the direction of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. These surroundings are witness to the moment when many young dreams ended and the hearts and imagination of grateful nations were captured.

DELBERT E. WHEAT - Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) - Informations Systems Technician with at least 24 years of service.

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The USS Carpeter (DD-825) destroyer was launched as a sub-class hunter-killer, anti-submarine destroyer and escort destroyer. Her first homeport was Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii. There she was assigned to the anti-submarine hunter-killer force. Her first cruise was to the Korean War zone 1n 1952. She was to see heavy duty in many troubled areas within her reach for about the next 50 years. After that was retired and scrapped.

Carpenter, Verril Tony - Perryville, Ky. U.S. Navy. Verril served aboard the USS Carpenter during the Korean War. Personal snapshots have been provided by him.

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Donald King Norvell served aboard the above USS Rendova, an aircraft carrier, as an aircraft mechanic in 1955 while he was in the U.S. Navy.

Donald and I went to Perryville Grade School and Perryville High School together for 12 years. He died November 1, 2016 in Perryville, Kentucky

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Robert Lee Lankford - U.S.N.




Bobby Lee Lankford was no doubt one of the best friends the U.S. Navy ever had. Perryville, Ky. (1931-2014). I would like to know more about his service, but the opportunity has been missed


Randall Windham, Home town, Andalusia, AL., M/Sgt US Army, Fort Bliss, TX. His many decorations include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. His extensive foreign service includes duty in Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and Kosovo. He has served 27 years in the U.S. Army as of 2015.

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Christopher Allen Sampson (viewers left) has served at places such as South Korea; Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq; and Fort Huachuca, Arizona

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Kenneth Claus Peters, of Omaha, Nebraska. born: Dec. 31, 1937, Hubbard, Nebraska: deceased Apr. 22, 2016: burial: Omaha National Cemetery.

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Marion F. White. Perryville, Kentucky. Entered the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and remained for 23 years. Pending

Albert Jonathan Wheat

Hometown Perryville, Ky where known as Jack or Jackie. Served with the USAF 1950 - 1959, AFSC 29170 (communications center supervisor).

Places served include Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX; Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX; Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE; F.E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, WY; Omaha Air Force Station (789th AC&W Squadron), Omaha NE; Pepperrell AFB, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada; and Pope AFB, Ft. Bragg, NC.

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Ushman Photo (Photo taken at Pepperrell AFB contributed by Don Ushman)

Don Ushman was at Pepperrell from 1957 to 1959. He became a career airman and remained in the USAF for almost 34 years. He became a C/MSgt long before retiring. He died November 9, 2015 and was buried at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.

Don Ushman, Donald E. - A/1C - 29151 & 29250 (Crypto Operator) - Hq Sq Section 64th Air Division and 4737th AB Gp

Ushman, Donald E. - A/1C - 4737th AB Sq - 23 day leave of absence on or about 24 Feb 58 to Colorado Springs, Colo

Ushman, Donald E. - A/1C - Authorized to ration separately with dependents 18 Jun 58

Ushman, Donald E. - A/1C - Awarded Good Conduct Medal for period from 3 Aug 55 - 2 Aug 58

Ushman, Donald E. - A/1C - Deros changed from Jan 59 to Apr 59 - Request for extension of overseas tour

Ushman, Donald E. - A/1C - Deros changed from Apr 59 to Aug 59 - Request for extension of overeseas tour

Ushman, Donald E. - A/1C - Deros changed from Aug 59 to Oct 59 - Request for extension of enlistment and extension of overseas tour

Ushman, Donald E. - A/1C - Date of separation changed from 2 Aug 59 to 2 Oct 59 Ushman, Donald E. - A/1C - Reassigned from 4737th AB Sq to Hq 64th Air Division at Pepperrell July 59

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Shewmaker, Prentice Derotha - USAF (1951-1955) Air Police - Forbes AFB, Topeka, Kansas and England - Hometown, Perryville, KY. (DECEASED 11/25/2017). Danville, KY.

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John Hunt was in the U.S. Navy for a couple of years before going into the USAF around 1948.

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This is a photo of John's first ship the PC583.



John was a M/Sgt in the USAF in this photo and had obviously been in the USAF for many years then.


By the time this photo was taken, John, "old sarge", had been retired many years and lived in Scheller, Il.

He died December 27, 2017. He was interred in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

Robert "Bobby" H. Webb of Perryville, Kentucky served in the USAF during the Korean War era (1953 to 1967). He now resides in Danville, Kentucky.

He was placed on disability for hearing impairment due to his job as a control tower operator. Duty included time at the Lajes Field Air Force Base, Azores, Portugal control tower.

William "Billy" Wilson Perryville, Kentucky class of 1950 made a career of the United States Army.

Jim Banister, USAF, Home: Lincoln, NE



Curtis "Doak" Pfeister, just out of basic training, USAF Security Services


Doak, a few years later.

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Unknown airmen at F. E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, Wyoming

These airmen and what seems to be one civilian are under the the name CABLEMEN with an AFSC (Air Force Specialty code) 31034-B (apparently now obsolete) and the date 7 Sept. 1954. The date, possibly the date the picture was taken, but probably the date the trainees graduated their technical school.

I believe the man in the center is a a civilian trainer. The man on each side of him, a non-commissioned officer obviously a trainers of some capacity, being of a rank too high to be in technical training status. In this group, I can see two S/Sgt (E-5), three A/3C (E-2), three Airmen Basic( E-1 )and one civilian.

I think the names of the six trainees may have been stacked vertically to the left end of the picture, but four have been cut off from the front end somehow, the other two from the back end by somebody. We can read them as ...phens, ...inn, ...orrell, ...mberly, Sec, and Bro. I know there must still be someone out there who knows these names and will come forward.

The F.E. Warren AFB was part of the Air Training Command in early 1950's. One of their areas of training was communications which probably would have included cable men as well as linemen, teletype, telephone, etc. Radio operator's training took place at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Missippi. I was at F.E. Warren for teletype operations training in early 1951.

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Aarons Photo

Wallace Aaron Gray. Perryville, Kentucky. USMC during Korean War.

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Bennie Photo

Bennie Lee Wheat( my brother) entered the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He is from Perryville, Kentucky.

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Enlisted men are stupid, but very cunning, deceitful, and bear considerable watching (Officers Manual, 1894)

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