PVT Robert Card 1952 Military Plane Crash

Missouri Family Receives Closure From Investigation of 1952 Military Plane Crash



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Remains of a 1952 military plane crash victim have been identified as those of a man with family in Missouri.

Army Private Robert Dale Card, originally of Kansas, was among 52 service members killed when their C-124 Globemaster crashed into Mount Gannett in Alaska.

The Past Conflict Repatriations Branch has confirmed to Missourinet that the remains have been identified as Card’s.

The organization is under the Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operation Center (CMAOC) at the Army Human Resources Command (HRC) in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

A wheel from the C-124 Globemaster; part of the wreckage that gradually is exposed as the Colony Glacier melts. (Photos courtesy; U.S. Air Force photos/Tech. Sgt. John S. Gordinier)
The plane’s debris was hidden with snow and vanished soon after the 1952 accident, but was rediscovered in 2012. It had been carried some 16 kilometers from the crash site by the Colony Glacier.

Card has family in Springfield, including his niece Tonya Card.

“I think they all deserve to be brought home, whatever can be found. It’s nice for the families to have something to bury,” says Card. “It’s nice for the relatives that continue living to know a little bit about their family tree. My kids have enjoyed hearing about it and I have pieces of the plane in pictures. They’ve gotten to take those to school and take about it to their friends. Preservation is important.”


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Airman Wayne Jackson



After attending Airman Moon service the following weekend I was in Downing, MO for the services of Airman Wayne Jackson. This meeting would be a little more emotional because since the crash was found, I have spent the past 4 years talking with his sister Ms. Vicki over the phone and Skype.

I pulled up with my son Tevin and my friend Janet to the hotel and in the lobby was Ms. Vicki waiting. Also in the lobby was the brother-n-law of Airman Howard Martin. She and I hugged for several moments because it felt like this day would never get here. We all sat in the lobby meeting each other’s family before I had to go rest.It was a long trip for me but her and I ended up talking till late in the night about just life…our lives.

The services started out with a wake on Friday evening. People came out to show their respect to the young man that left the small town but returned their Hero 64 years later. I got a chance to just sit, watch his classmate talk about him and meet his oldest living cousin Ms. EllaB. She warmed my heart when she tapped me on the shoulder to tell me who she was.

The next day we lined up with the family and walked into the church; for a moment I felt a little overwhelmed because I so long for the day I bring my grandfather home. I pulled myself together and gave Ms. Vicki the support she needed giving her speech. She spoke on what a wonderful person Wayne was. Wayne was her brother by heart. Ms. Vicki from a baby grew up in the home with Wayne and his mom. Her face showed just how much she loved and adored when he came home on leave. He would take her for rides in his car…just doing things big brothers do.

We made our way through the town to take him to his final resting place. People stood along the way holding flags and waving to the cars as they passed. The local restaurant put a sign out welcoming Airman Wayne Jackson home. We watched at the honor guards pulled Wayne from the hearse and placed him between his parents. Wayne finally made it home 2 days before his mother’s birthday.

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself ~Joseph Campbell

Wayne, you did just that and I thank you for it. ~Tonja Anderson-Dell

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2nd LT Robert Moon



July 29th I went to the services of 2nd LT Robert Moon. It was a wonderful moment to sit and listen to his sister talk about his childhood and how he was her “Knight in shining Armor”. The smile she had on her face talking about it made me see just how much of a bond they all had. His cousin stood and sung a bidding Farwell song to him and what a lovely voice she had.

As the family stood, turned and walked down the aisle I notice a face I have seen before. I could not place it until later. I walked with them behind the horse drawn carriage as they lay their Knight in shining Armor in his final resting place. It was very moving to see the familiar face stand and put his hand on his forehead. 2LT Robert Moon’s cousin was Buzz Aldrin and he attended the services to welcome his fallen cousin home.

Don’t wait for the knight in shining armor. His armor is shiny because he has never been to war. Instead, look for the knight with torn and tattered armor. He is the one who knows how to fight and is sure to be the one who can keep you safe from harm ~unknown

To the family, Airman Moon armor was torn and tattered. He spent his time showing you his love and his fight to keep you safe. I am so blessed to be allowed to see this Knight make his way home. ~Tonja Anderson-Dell



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A Wisconsin airman’s remains are finally home after more than 60 years.

Airman First Class George Marion Ingram of Beloit, died November 22, 1952, when U.S. Airforce C-124 he was on crashed near Anchorage, Alaska. He was 23 years old.

In December 1952, search crews were unable to find any survivors, and only found the tail section of the plane. The U.S. Airforce declared the 11 crew members, and the 41 other service members were deceased.

60 years later, on June 9, 2012, the wreckage was spotted by Alaska’s National Guard. Roughly 2 years later, the Department of Defense announced the remains of 17 victims had been identified through DNA samples.

George is survived by numerous family members including, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

His family says they gave up on the idea that his body would ever be found. They say his remains were found 12 miles from the initial crash site.

“I’m glad that this day finally came because he’s been found after all these years and it brings somewhat of a closure to the situation,” says nephew George Ingram.


To see the video: http://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Airmans-remains-return-home-after-more-than-60-years-388462442.html

Nearly 65 Years Later: Air Force veteran’s body returns home for hero’s welcome in Beloit


UPDATE (WKOW) — It’s a homecoming more than 60 years in the making. The community of Beloit, coming together as they pay tribute to a fallen veteran who is now home.

Firefighters, police officers and other first responders lined the streets along with several residents as a hearse carrying the remains of Airman First Class George Ingram drove slowly down the streets of Beloit.

“It’s way long overdue,” said veteran Robert Pokorney who brought his family out to pay their respects. “I hope it lets them know that the people care. The community really, truly cares. This community is very supportive of their service members.”

In 1952, Ingram was flying to Alaska when his plane crashed. He wouldn’t be found until decades later. But now, he’s home.

It was a scene veteran Bruce Slagoski described as remarkable.

“To see this, to see him actually come home, it’s special. It gives everybody chills just the thought of putting him to rest and get this man home to where he belongs,” Slagoski said.

Beloit fire chief Brad Liggett hopes bringing Ingram to his final resting place can bring closure to the family.

“He served honorably with distinction and is now home so the whole family can celebrate his life and his legacy,” Liggett said.

An important journey home, not only to his family but to fellow veterans as well.

To read more: http://www.wkow.com/story/32559490/2016/07/28/nearly-65-years-later-air-force-veterans-body-returns-home-for-heros-welcome-in-beloit

My visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson JBER


I have finally made it back home from a week in Anchorage an able to sit and write. It has been an emotional Rollercoaster. 32 men has been ID and we have 20 men to go. To those families still waiting with me, the team goes up 6 days a week and working very hard to bring our men home.

I witnessed these men for 2 days preparing to go on the glacier. They get to the office by 730 am all 6 days, it takes them about 30 minutes to put all their gear on and then they go in the office for their morning briefing. Once they take off they are on the glacier most of the day…unless weather is bad.

There is also a small team that sleeps across from the glacier in a 3 day rotation to keep an eye on things and the weather. This shows the dedication they have for bringing out men home.

Listening to the men talk, they say the glacier has revealed a lot of things this year. I hope to hear how much as time goes on. Nope, I could not find out what it did reveal…lol

Captain Collier, is the person that set this mission up for this year. All the details big or small. Thanks soooo much Sir for the great job you have done and are doing

Talking with Captain Collier and COL Travis Koch about things, they made me feel very welcome there.  To the both of them thanks because everyone says I am a bit to much.

Dr. Gregory E. Berg, thanks for coming back 1 more year to work with the new team.

Allen Cronin, thank you for making sure I was able to meet the team and say thank you to them. Thanks for all your hard work with making sure the families are well informed of things.

To all I did not meet but played a part in this. Thanks and my hat off to you all

Special Thanks to Fly Around Alaska ∙ Palmer (Don) taking me to see the glacier when all I can for was to meet you all for the 1st time.~Tonja Anderson-Dell

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A 1/C George Marion Ingram

A 1/C George Marion Ingram, 23, formerly of Pontotoc, Mississippi, and Beloit, Wisconsin, died on November 22, 1952, when the U.S. Air Force C-124 he was aboard crashed near Anchorage, Alaska.

George was born on March 10, 1929 in Pontotoc, Mississippi, the son of Frank C. and Viola H. (Howard) Ingram. When George was a teenager the family moved to Beloit, Wisconsin and became members of Emmanuel Baptist church. Many of the Ingram family are still members to this day. As a young man George enlisted into the United States Air Force and attained the rank of A1C (Airman First Class).

On July 26, 1951 George was assigned to the 34th Air Transport Squadron at McChord Air Force Base in Washington. He was scheduled to be part of the crew on the flight of a Douglas C-124 Globemaster departing on November 22, 1925 from McChord Air Force Base and scheduled to land at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. On the flight manifest George was listed as the “Loadmaster”. During the flight it is documented that the aircraft encountered extremely severe weather conditions. Around 4pm on November 22, 1952, a distress call from the C-124 was faintly heard by a Northwest Orient Airlines Commercial flight. The reception was poor, but the Northwest captain made out the sentence: “As long as we have to land, we might as well land here.” No further communication from the Air Force C-124 was ever heard again and subsequently the plane never arrived at Elmendor

To read more: http://www.hansengravitt.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1783192


This morning I got chance to meet the team going out on the glacier. What an amazing group of men. Team, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the hard work you all put in on bring our men home.




Attending the services of Airman Thomas Condon



I remembered when I received an email in 2011 from John Condon. He stated he was the nephew of Airman Thomas Condon and was hoping to get some information about the crash. He had been doing some research and came across the facebook page. I was very happy to provide as his father William Condon (brother of Airman Condon) was coming to visit and he wanted to share it with him.

When I heard the news that Airman Thomas Condon was ID and coming home there was a smile on my face. Another set of siblings lived long enough to see their brother make it back home to his true final resting place. On the 25th of May Airman Condon made his way home to Waukesha, WI.

Walking into St. John’s Catholic Church, I stood in line to greet the family, and I looked around at all the people that came to welcome him home. Row after Row was filled with people. In the last row was the daughter and her family of PVT Kittle. Kittle died on the plane with Airman Condon and Airman Anderson. This was a special moment for me because PVT Kittle’s home coming was the 1st service I attended in 2014. I stepped out of line and give Ms. Linda a hug. It meant so much for me to see them there. All these men died together aboard the C-124 and after their death their families has become somewhat of a support system for each other.

When it was my turn to finally meet his brother William and sister Marian, all we could do was smile at each other. Even if no other words were said we were all glad to see each other. At the end of the service a brother and sister walked behind their older brother casket with smiles of joy.
It is always nice to hear a little about the airman and their life before the crash. Airman Condon was a little funny because the story was told he loved to work on cars, tractors, etc… but once they did the math he was only 10 or 11 years old when he found his passion. lol

I want to thanks Ruben Garza with Airforce Mortuary Affairs, Staff Sgt. Mario Super for escorting Airman Condon home, Fr. Bustos with St John Church, Tuscan Hall Banquet Center for allowing the family to gather and tell the wonderful family stories, John Condon for allowing me to attend and witness this all.
“Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the armed services make to defend our way of life.” — Robin Hayes

Airman Thomas Condon, you have come home to your family close to Memorial Day and it holds true to Robin Hayes Quote. Welcome home Sir and Thank You for making that sacrifice. ~Tonja Anderson



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After 64 years, Airman Thomas Condon is being laid to rest



JEFFERSON — After more than six decades, a Jefferson woman’s brother, who died in an Alaska military airplane crash during the Korean War, will be laid to rest.

 Airman 2nd Class Thomas Condon was among 52 servicepersons who perished Nov. 22, 1952, when the Douglas C-124 Globemaster in which they were flying crashed into Knik Glacier 50 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska.

Condon, 19, was the brother of Marian (Tom) Atkinson of Jefferson. His remains, identified through a DNA match in March, will be buried with full military honors on Wednesday, May 25, in Waukesha.

The heavy-lift cargo plane — affectionately nicknamed “Old Shaky” because of the racket from its big piston engines — was heading from McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash., to Joint Air Force Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage and had passed Middleton Island in the Gulf of Alaska south of Prince William Sound when it disappeared with its 41 passengers and 11-member crew.

With giant bay doors under its nose, the Globemaster was the largest cargo plane in the American airfleet back then, the sole aircraft able to transport a tank, bulldozer or 200 soldiers. On this flight, it carried 52 men, mostly Air Force and Army personnel and at least one from the Marine Corps and one from the Navy.

Historians have said that the weather was inclement and the crew was flying blind. As it traveled above the Chugach Mountains, only minutes away from its destination and apparently avoiding many peaks, the massive airplane suffered a malfunction and began losing altitude.

At about 4 p.m., the captain of a Northwest Orient Airlines passenger plane picked up a distress call. He reportedly deciphered a scratchy radio signal over his headset that said, “As long as we have to land, we might as well land here.”

The airplane then struck the mountain.

A member of the Fairbanks Civil Air Patrol and a member of the 10th Air Rescue Squadron, according to an Associated Press report from 1952, first identified the wreck six days later.

After returning from the site, the civil air patrol lieutenant — then-University of Alaska President Terris Moore — told reporters that the plane “obviously was flying at full speed” when it struck Mount Gannett, the elevation of which is 9,100 feet. The airplane appeared to have slid down the cliffs and exploded, throwing wreckage across several acres.

At the time, the tail was intact enough for identification. However, the wreck quickly sank deeper into the glacier, and by the time a rescue team was able to hike there, there was no trace of it.

The Alaska News reported in 2012 that Douglas Beckstead, historian for the 673rd Air Base Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, reviewed copies of the official reports on the incident.  ~By Christine Spangler


To read more: http://www.dailyunion.com/news/article_41afd06a-20f3-11e6-aa4c-ab7e37155c92.html?mode=jqm