More than 47 years after 13 airmen supporting America's beginnings in human space flight were killed in an plane crash, a top Air Force general Friday unveiled a memorial plaque in their memory.
Gen. Norton Schwartz, chief of staff of the Air Force, dedicated the memorial to the airmen of the 322nd Air Division, 40th Troop Carrier and 317th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The 317th Veterans Group and family of the 13 who perished in the crash gathered this weekend for a reunion in Melbourne.
...the bronze plaque will be placed at the historic Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The airmen were part of support teams that were sent to Africa for emergency recovery along the flight path of the Mercury orbital flights.
The men were assigned to Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 orbital flight.