Memorial Honoring 6 Crewmembers in B-52 Crash Unveiled

By Jonathan McCall - bio | email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - "It seemed to be a logical step to be able to bring something to the public."  The 8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale, tells the history, and legacy of base, and now has new history to share, as a memorial, honoring Cooper, Williams, Dodson, Shepherd, Gerren, and Martin was unveiled at the museum Thursday.

"We've lived here a long time, and we feel like Barksdale is part of our family." Chrissy Lane paid her respects to the fallen crew members of Raider 2-1 and even brought her sons. Lane says she didn't know any of the crew members personally, but still feels for the loss of the country, the community and their families. "It just hurts your heart. I read about each one of them in the paper today, and how each family found out. It's just very sad."

The pictures of all six fallen crew members are draped with their military id dog tags, along with a pair of combat boots, and a helmet. All items the crew most likely wore the moment their plane crashed off the coast of Guam. "It's very, very awe-inspiring.  Buck Rigg is the curator at 8th Air Force Museum, and put the memorial together and says he wanted to have a memorial with dignity and place members of the Air Force can come and pay their respects. "And if nothing else they can just contemplate and think cause they all know one another they're family."