Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after ’64 quake

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This June 2018 photo provided by Innovative Signs, Inc. in Longwood, Fla., shows a plaque that will be dedicated Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Valdez, Alaska. The memorial honors four Alaska Air National Guard members who died in a plane crash while conducting a humanitarian mission following the devastating magnitude 9.2 earthquake, which destroyed Valdez […]

(AP) — A month after the second-largest earthquake ever devastated the community of Valdez (val-DEEZ’), Alaska, losses continued to mount.
   
The town had to be rebuilt, and an Alaska Air National Guard airplane delivered Alaska Gov. William Egan (EE’-gun) and a team of surveyors to the port community on Alaska’s southern coast on April 25, 1964.
   
The plane immediately returned to Anchorage carrying the Alaska National Guard’s adjutant general and three others.
   
The cargo plane took off in a heavy snowstorm, and crashed full speed into the waters of Prince William Sound three minutes after takeoff, killing everyone on board.
   
On Saturday, a plaque will be unveiled in Valdez to honor the four men killed in the humanitarian mission.

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