Commemorating 1968 tragedy


Ed Myers, the Goshen Deputy Fire Chief and former Wilmington firefighter, plays the bagpipes.

Ed Myers, the Goshen Deputy Fire Chief and former Wilmington firefighter, plays the bagpipes.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Technical Sgt. William B. Hansford III told his son Roy Hansford, left, he would bring him a birthday present when he returned from two-week active duty training. But the father died in a military air disaster in Clinton County. On Saturday, Carolyn “Cari” Hansford Middleton, gives her brother a birthday present in keeping with their late father’s intent.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Ohio History Board Immediate Past President Robert “Bob” Lucas on Saturday complimented local residents on audience turnouts both Saturday and in April 2018 for the dedications of two state historical markers. Both dedications were commemorations of Clinton County Air Force Base military air crashes — one that occurred in 1968 and the other in 1964.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Historian and local resident Gary Kersey presents a few remarks on the occasion of a historical marker’s unveiling.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Ed Kienle, U.S. Air Force Reserve, retired, Clinton County Air Force Base, sounds a large bell for each of the six Reservists who died in the 1968 airplane crash in Clinton County.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The front page of the Aug. 10, 1968 edition of the Wilmington News-Journal.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

From left, Cathy Campbell and Nikki Bentley show sorrow following the emotional ceremony. Bentley said, “We’re here for Ernie [Sgt. Ernest L. Arehart].”


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

It wasn’t all tears and sadness at the ceremony as can be seen in this moment involving Carolyn “Cari” Hansford Middleton, left, and Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

From left are Mark Cowman, Larry Fisher, and speaking at the podium Kirby Tolliver. The dedication ceremony included memories from these three men who responded and assisted at the 1968 crash site at the age of 16.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Ed Myers, the Goshen Deputy Fire Chief and former Wilmington firefighter, plays the bagpipes.

Technical Sgt. William B. Hansford III told his son Roy Hansford, left, he would bring him a birthday present when he returned from two-week active duty training. But the father died in a military air disaster in Clinton County. On Saturday, Carolyn “Cari” Hansford Middleton, gives her brother a birthday present in keeping with their late father’s intent.

Ohio History Board Immediate Past President Robert “Bob” Lucas on Saturday complimented local residents on audience turnouts both Saturday and in April 2018 for the dedications of two state historical markers. Both dedications were commemorations of Clinton County Air Force Base military air crashes — one that occurred in 1968 and the other in 1964.

Historian and local resident Gary Kersey presents a few remarks on the occasion of a historical marker’s unveiling.

Ed Kienle, U.S. Air Force Reserve, retired, Clinton County Air Force Base, sounds a large bell for each of the six Reservists who died in the 1968 airplane crash in Clinton County.

The front page of the Aug. 10, 1968 edition of the Wilmington News-Journal.

From left, Cathy Campbell and Nikki Bentley show sorrow following the emotional ceremony. Bentley said, “We’re here for Ernie [Sgt. Ernest L. Arehart].”

It wasn’t all tears and sadness at the ceremony as can be seen in this moment involving Carolyn “Cari” Hansford Middleton, left, and Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth.

From left are Mark Cowman, Larry Fisher, and speaking at the podium Kirby Tolliver. The dedication ceremony included memories from these three men who responded and assisted at the 1968 crash site at the age of 16.

Ed Myers, the Goshen Deputy Fire Chief and former Wilmington firefighter, plays the bagpipes.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_bagpipes.jpgEd Myers, the Goshen Deputy Fire Chief and former Wilmington firefighter, plays the bagpipes. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Technical Sgt. William B. Hansford III told his son Roy Hansford, left, he would bring him a birthday present when he returned from two-week active duty training. But the father died in a military air disaster in Clinton County. On Saturday, Carolyn “Cari” Hansford Middleton, gives her brother a birthday present in keeping with their late father’s intent.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_belated_present_p.jpgTechnical Sgt. William B. Hansford III told his son Roy Hansford, left, he would bring him a birthday present when he returned from two-week active duty training. But the father died in a military air disaster in Clinton County. On Saturday, Carolyn “Cari” Hansford Middleton, gives her brother a birthday present in keeping with their late father’s intent. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Ohio History Board Immediate Past President Robert “Bob” Lucas on Saturday complimented local residents on audience turnouts both Saturday and in April 2018 for the dedications of two state historical markers. Both dedications were commemorations of Clinton County Air Force Base military air crashes — one that occurred in 1968 and the other in 1964.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_crowd.jpgOhio History Board Immediate Past President Robert “Bob” Lucas on Saturday complimented local residents on audience turnouts both Saturday and in April 2018 for the dedications of two state historical markers. Both dedications were commemorations of Clinton County Air Force Base military air crashes — one that occurred in 1968 and the other in 1964. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Historian and local resident Gary Kersey presents a few remarks on the occasion of a historical marker’s unveiling.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_Kerz_2_p.jpgHistorian and local resident Gary Kersey presents a few remarks on the occasion of a historical marker’s unveiling. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Ed Kienle, U.S. Air Force Reserve, retired, Clinton County Air Force Base, sounds a large bell for each of the six Reservists who died in the 1968 airplane crash in Clinton County.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_kienle_p.jpgEd Kienle, U.S. Air Force Reserve, retired, Clinton County Air Force Base, sounds a large bell for each of the six Reservists who died in the 1968 airplane crash in Clinton County. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The front page of the Aug. 10, 1968 edition of the Wilmington News-Journal.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_News_Journal.jpgThe front page of the Aug. 10, 1968 edition of the Wilmington News-Journal. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

From left, Cathy Campbell and Nikki Bentley show sorrow following the emotional ceremony. Bentley said, “We’re here for Ernie [Sgt. Ernest L. Arehart].”
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_sad_p.jpgFrom left, Cathy Campbell and Nikki Bentley show sorrow following the emotional ceremony. Bentley said, “We’re here for Ernie [Sgt. Ernest L. Arehart].” Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

It wasn’t all tears and sadness at the ceremony as can be seen in this moment involving Carolyn “Cari” Hansford Middleton, left, and Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_smiles.jpgIt wasn’t all tears and sadness at the ceremony as can be seen in this moment involving Carolyn “Cari” Hansford Middleton, left, and Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

From left are Mark Cowman, Larry Fisher, and speaking at the podium Kirby Tolliver. The dedication ceremony included memories from these three men who responded and assisted at the 1968 crash site at the age of 16.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_threesome_2_p.jpgFrom left are Mark Cowman, Larry Fisher, and speaking at the podium Kirby Tolliver. The dedication ceremony included memories from these three men who responded and assisted at the 1968 crash site at the age of 16. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal