Victims of Gander crash being remembered at ceremony
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – Fort Campbell is holding a memorial service for 248 soldiers who were killed 33 years ago in a plane crash.
A statement from the U.S. Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line says the service will be held Wednesday at the Gander Memorial Site. It will be the final service at the memorial’s current site, which will be moved next year.
The plane crashed Dec. 12, 1985, at Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada. The soldiers were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. They were headed back to the post from a six-month peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula.
Plans calls for the memorial site, which includes a stone and several trees, to be re-located near the Brig. Gen. Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum.