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The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington details memorial service for 1970 plane crash

Marshall Plane Crash site marker
Marshall Plane Crash site marker

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University will honor the 75 victims of the 1970 plane crash that killed much of the Thundering Herd football team as well as coaches, staff and supporters with its annual memorial service at noon Thursday, Nov. 14.

Huntington attorney John Proctor, who was 5 years old when his parents died in the crash, is this year’s featured speaker.

The crash on Saturday, Nov. 14, 1970, occurred at about 7:47 p.m. when a DC-9 jetliner, returning Marshall home from its football game at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., clipped some treetops just short of Tri-State Airport and went down.

Proctor’s parents, H.D. “Pete” Proctor and Courtney Josephine Proctor, were among the victims…


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