Remembering the crew of 'RAIDR 21'

Remembering the crew of 'RAIDR 21'
The 'Louisiana Fire'/Source: KSLA News 12
The 'Louisiana Fire'/Source: KSLA News 12

BARKSDALE AFB, LA (KSLA) - Standing room only Friday morning, at the Barksdale Global Power Museum, as Barksdale Air Force Base held a remembrance ceremony for the crew of the "Louisiana Fire."

Operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, the aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean during a training flight approximately 30 miles northwest of Apra Harbor, Guam.

The crash took the lives of six Barksdale servicemen on July 21, 2008.

The crash happened five minutes before they were scheduled to fly over a parade to celebrate the liberation of Guam in World War Two.

"It means a lot that the memory lives strongly in the hearts and minds of so many at Barksdale and in the community as well," said retired Army veteran Mike Cooper who made the five-hour drive from Texas to honor his son, Major Christopher Cooper.

Since then there have been two AFROTC scholarships created in honor of two of the fallen airmen, Major Cooper at the University of Texas and Major Brent Williams at the University of Oklahoma.

The crew of RAIDR 21 were: Major Christopher M. Cooper (aircraft commander), Major Brent D. Williams, (radar navigator), Captain Michael K. Dodson, (co-pilot), First Lieutenant Joshua D. Shepherd (navigator), First Lieutenant Robert D. Gerren (electronic warfare officer), and Colonel George Martin.

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