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Southern High JROTC Battalion Visits the 1964 Plane Crash Site

Last Updated on Jul 25, 2017 at 8:29am | Public Information Office

Junior cadets from Southern Garrett High School JROTC battalion traveled to Grantsville, Maryland, as a culminating activity for their "Buzz 14" project, to learn in more detail the events surrounding the January 1964 crash of a B52 bomber in Garrett County. Visiting the Grantsville museum, the cadets met with museum docent Gerry Beachy, who led them through the story of the crash. The cadets studied artifacts belonging to crew members, rescuers, and parts of the plane. From Grantsville, the cadets traveled to the various rescue locations, beginning in Somerset County and then southward into Garrett County along the axis of the airplane's course.

Sophomore Cadet Alesscia Bowser indicated that her favorite part of the field trip was going to see all of the memorial stones and that there were only two people to survive the crash, the copilot and pilot.  Junior Vanessa Calling stated, "I feel that actually visiting the sites gave me a more emotional aspect of the plane crash than just researching about it." 

Southern High School JROTC students discuss a project with Gerry Beachy.

Photo (l-r) - Cadets Megan DeBerry, Alesscia Bowser, Nick Glotfelty, Vanessa Calling, and Jeremy Groves discuss one of the research projects with Gerry Beachy.