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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-07-2010 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Walk of Fame Foundation release
In the Line of Duty

The Space Walk of Fame Foundation (SWOFF) will hold a memorial for the workers who died doing their jobs at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), and Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Tuesday, October 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Apollo monument in Space View Park, Titusville, Florida.

Bob Crippen, former KSC director and shuttle astronaut, and Bob Cabana, KSC center director and shuttle astronaut, will lead the service.

All the names (below) are engraved on one of the Apollo monument pylons, and will be transferred to a straight based pylon as soon additional funding allows.

SWOFF has been pursuing this for many years. Mercury program veteran Murphy Wardman took this on as his personal goal. He spent over a year trying to get the information and working with SWOFF's Chief Engineer, Warren Lackie, to make it real.

  • July 9, 1958 - Fred D. Adams
    Position: Maintenance employee
    Company: Pan Am

    Event: Died when he fell from Atlas service tower into an elevator shaft.

    Fred was the very first fatality at the Cape.

  • January 28, 1960 - Morris Carter
    Position: Laborer
    Company: B.B. McCormack

    Event: Killed by a truck while watering down compacted earth for a Saturn pad.

  • June 14, 1960 - Joseph G. Sibole
    Position: Technician
    Company: Martin

    Event: Killed while conducting a system check on the Titan when a tiny explosive charge blew up and ignited a flare package attached to the side of the intercontinental range rocket. Sibole's death is the first at the Cape attributed directly to a missile mishap.

  • May 21, 1961 - Eugene M. Martin
    Position: Security guard
    Company: Pan Am

    Event: Killed by lightning while directing traffic during Armed Forces Day open house.

  • March 28, 1961 - Harbin Daril Revis
    Position: Assistant crane operator
    Company: Leonard Brothers

    Event: Killed in the industrial area of the Cape when the bucket of the crane swung around and hit the "hot" wire.

  • July 8, 1962 - Sgt. H. Smith
    Assigned to the 6555th Aerospace Test Wing

    Event: Was fatally injured when he fell into an elevator shaft while performing maintenance on Complex 11 gantry.

  • August 23, 1963 - Airman McCubbin
    Assigned to GEIIA

    Event: Was fatally injured in a fall from an 80 foot antenna tower. He was dismantling the tower at the time of accident.

  • March 13, 1964 - Vernon Emkey
    Position: Iron Worker
    Company: American Bridge & Iron Co.

    Event: Was killed when he fell 38 feet from a Titan III Complex structure.

  • April 14, 1964 (event) - Sidney J. Dagle
    Position: Missile technician
    Company: Ball Brothers Research Corp.

    Event: Died April 17, 1964 as a result of 3rd stage (X-248) rocket motor explosion in the Delta Spin Test Facility.

  • April 14, 1964 (event) - L. D. Gabel
    Position: Missile technician
    Company: Ball Brothers Research Corp.

    Event: Died April 18, 1964 as a result of 3rd stage (X-248) rocket motor explosion in the Delta Spin Test Facility.

  • April 14, 1964 (event) - John W. (Jack) Fassett
    Position: Space Craft Coordinator
    Space Center: GSFC

    Event: Died May 5, 1964 as a result of 3rd stage (X-248) rocket motor explosion in the Delta Spin Test Facility.

  • April 27, 1964 - Phillipe Bengas

    Event: Died as a result of an explosion aboard a range supply ship Gulf Stream at Grand Turk.

    Phillipe was working down range support for the Apollo Program.

  • July 2, 1964 - Oscar Simmons
    Position: Construction worker
    Company: American Bridge & Iron Co.

    Event: Died in accidental fall from 26th level of the VAB.

  • October 27, 1964 - William Pemberton
    Company: Martin Company

    Event: Killed when the forklift he was driving on Complex 19 perimeter road flipped over on him.

  • April 28, 1965 - Jerry B. Baker
    Position: Construction worker
    Company: McDowell-Wellman Eng. Co.

    Event: Killed near the base of Complex 34 mobile service tower when a 15 foot section of 5 inch structural steel pipe, cut out of the service tower as part of a modification, fell 188 feet and struck him.

  • May 4, 1965 - Marion J. Anderson
    Position: Truck Driver
    Company: Glover Brick

    Event: Killed while walking in the VAB transfer isle between towers B and E of the high bay when a 12 foot wooden form fell 457 feet from the 37th floor and struck him.

  • August 3, 1965 - Albert J. Treib
    Position: Construction superintendent
    Company: George Fuller Const. Co.

    Event: Killed by lightning at LC-39 pad B when pouring concrete from a crane bucket into forms 40 feet up on the launching pad.

  • March 16, 1966 - V. S. Evans
    Position: Electrician
    Company: MeVa Corp.

    Event: Killed while working on updating a Saturn 1B facility when he was struck by a descending elevator at Complex 37.

  • July 28, 1966 - James O. Dorminy Jr.
    Position: Heavy equipment operator
    Company: Trans World Airlines

    Event: Killed during a rainstorm when an earthmover he was riding on rolled over on him.

  • January 27, 1967 - Virgil "Gus" Grissom
    Position: Astronaut Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

    Event: Died when a flash fire occurred in the command module during launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle at Complex 34 and known as the Apollo I fire.

  • January 27, 1967 - Edward H. White, II
    Position: Astronaut Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

    Event: Died when a flash fire occurred in the command module during launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle at Complex 34 and known as the Apollo I fire.

  • January 27, 1967 - Roger Bruce Chaffee
    Position: Astronaut Lieutenant Commander, USN

    Event: Died when a flash fire occurred in the command module during launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle at Complex 34 and known as the Apollo I fire.

  • May 16, 1968 - William B. Estes
    Position: Mechanic
    Company: Bendix Corporation

    Event: Died at LC-39 pad A, in preparation for the Mobile Service Structure arrival. A faulty gage indicated it was safe to remove a pipe cap from the pad 150 psi water supply line. The pressure released the iron cap when he started disconnecting it and it struck his chest.

  • July 31, 1972 - Darrell Ramsey

    Event: Died when he fell 52 feet and landed on the second floor level of the Launch Complex 34. Darrell worked for a Columbia, SC Company that was dismantling Pads 34 and 37.

  • March 19, 1981 (event) - John Bjornstad
    Position: Mechanical technician
    Company: Rockwell International

    Event: Died at LC-39 pad A from exposure to gaseous nitrogen conditions when entering the Orbiter aft compartment following a countdown demonstration test, prior to the first Space Shuttle launch.

  • March 19, 1981 (event) - Forrest Cole
    Position: Quality Control
    Company: Rockwell International

    Event: Died April 1, 1981 resulting from exposure to gaseous nitrogen conditions when entering the Orbiter aft compartment following a countdown demonstration test, prior to the first Space Shuttle launch.

  • March 19, 1981 (event) - Nick Mullon
    Position: Mechanical technician
    Company: Rockwell International

    Event: Died as a result of complications from gaseous nitrogen exposure after entering the orbiter aft compartment following a countdown demonstration test prior to the first space shuttle launch.

  • May 7, 1981 - Anthony Hill
    Position: Construction worker
    Company: Wilholt International Corp.

    Event: Died after falling 110 feet at LC39 pad B.

  • June 10, 1981 - Beau Sauselein
    Position: Titusville Fire Fighter
    Company: U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service

    Event: Died at KSC after becoming trapped during firefighting.

  • June 10, 1981 - Scott Maness
    Position: Titusville Fire Fighter
    Company: U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service

    Event: Died at KSC after becoming trapped during firefighting.

  • June 8, 1985 - Robert E. "Champ" Murphy
    Company: BSI

    Event: Lost foot in a Halon cylinder incident on March 2, 1978 and died as a result of the effects of the Halon exposure on June 8, 1985.

  • March 24, 1986 - Joseph L. Tyre
    Position: Construction worker
    Company: Cherokee Steel Erectors

    Event: Died after falling 90 feet while installing a bridge crane in the Cargo Hazardous Servicing Facility.

  • April 4, 1988 - Lori Kay Gillan Laubenheimer
    Position: Laboratory Assistant
    Company: EG&G Environmental

    Event: Died in an auto accident when a KSC tour bus ran a stop light.

  • July 27, 1989 - Clarence E. Hailey
    Position: Electrical worker
    Company: EG&G

    Event: Died after falling from a platform in the VAB.

  • July 8, 2001 - Barton Stanley
    Position: Construction worker
    Company: Precision Fabricating & Cleaning

    Event: Killed by pipe coupling during disassembly of pressurized pipe at LC37.

  • August 24, 2001 - Constantine "Gus" Valantasis
    Position: Painter
    Company: Valant Painting Inc.

    Event: Died moments after falling 34 feet inside Hanger I CCAFS.

  • October 1, 2001 - Bill Brooks
    Position: Crane Operator
    Company: Boeing Company

    Event: Killed at LC37 while performing maintenance on Mobile Tower Crane.

  • March 17, 2006 - Steven Owens
    Position: Roofer
    Company: Space Gateway Support

    Event: Died after falling from facility (SLSL) roof.

Kite
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posted 10-07-2010 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
. RIP to them. They all did their part in space exploration.

capoetc
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posted 10-07-2010 09:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I knew there were some deaths of ground personnel at KSC, but I had no idea how many. RIP, and thanks to all those who gave the last full measure of devotion in this noble endeavor.

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KSCartist
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posted 10-08-2010 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope to attend. I too am surprised how many people died in the line of duty. God Bless them all.

garymilgrom
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posted 10-08-2010 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with others that I had no idea so many had paid the ultimate price working on the space program. On a positive note, no fatal accidents in the past 4 years and only 1 in the past decade.

kr4mula
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posted 10-08-2010 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm curious about the rationale to include the Apollo 1 crew while excluding the 51L astronauts. I could see not including any lost astronauts, as they are already honored elsewhere, but it seems contradictory to include Gus, Ed, and Roger and not the Challenger crew, who, afterall, died launching from the Cape and well within viewing distance. Besides, they including someone who died working at Grand Turk, so distance can't be the issue.

Can anyone clarify for me?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-08-2010 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charlie Mars, the Space Walk of Fame Foundation's president, replies:
The Apollo 1 crew were killed in a ground test at KSC. They fall in the category of the rest of the workers who died at KSC.

kr4mula
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posted 10-12-2010 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the reply, Robert. But I'm still not sold on the difference between the 51L crew and Phillipe Bengas who "Died as a result of an explosion aboard a range supply ship Gulf Stream at Grand Turk. Phillipe was working down range support for the Apollo Program."

Downrange on a ship in the ocean qualifies, but not a spacecraft (which was geographically closer to the Cape) in the air? It doesn't make sense to me, but then again, it's not my memorial. For example, if a chase plane (or a fire-fighting aircraft) crashed in the ocean off of KSC during a shuttle launch, would that crew be included on the memorial? I would think that would be proper. At what point does the logic get fuzzy?

By the way, I'm not advocating Mr. Bengas' removal, but rather the inclusion of 51L.

astro-nut
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posted 10-17-2010 06:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May they rest in peace and thank you for your service to our Nation's Space Program.

KSCartist
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posted 10-20-2010 06:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wasn't able to attend last night. I put in a long day at work. For those who know me - it was a nice change.

I'm hoping some other cSer will post a report and some photos.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-20-2010 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Florida Today: Titusville event recalls toll of space work
For Palm Bay resident Sally Ann Fassett Maldona, Tuesday's memorial ceremony for space workers who died in the line of duty was one that her late husband, John W. "Jack" Fassett, would have appreciated...

She and other family members gathered shortly before sunset Tuesday for a memorial service at Space View Park in downtown Titusville, where a new monument containing the names of space workers who died in the line of duty has been erected.

Former Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Crippen, who addressed the crowd of about 200, said the memorial was "long overdue."

Rusty B
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posted 05-06-2011 02:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rusty B   Click Here to Email Rusty B     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've found an additional CCAFS worker fatality not listed on the SWOFF list. I found the information in the Google newspaper archive:

July 1, 1959 (Event date) - Edward Mann
Position: Missile technician?
Company: ?
Event: Fell from 12 foot ladder Wed, July 1, 1959, while preparing a Snark missile for flight. He died Sat, July 4, 1959 as a result of injuries from the accident.

Google newspaper archive link to archived article about the accident.

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