Capt John E. Ponikvar, Jr

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Birth: Jul. 15, 1922
St. Louis County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Nov. 22, 1952
Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Alaska, USA

World War II & Korea
US Air Force
10 Air ForceSon of John and Frances (Globokar) Ponikvar. Married to ___________________. Sisters Veda, Jennie, Frances and Mary.On November 22, 1952, the C-124 Globemaster known as “Old Shaky’s”, with 52 military personnel aboard was returning to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska from McCord Air Force Base, Washington. They were last heard from in a garbled transmission intercepted by a Northwest Orient Airlines crew just after clearing the coast near Whittier, Alaska. The C-124 crashed into the 8,000 foot level of Surprise Glacier on Mount Garrett in bad weather. The crash site was located within a couple of days however, before the rescue/recovery team could reach the site another storm came through dumping over 8 inches of snow on the wreckage. No sign of life had been acknowledged. The wreckage was not seen again until June 2012, nearly 60 years later, 12 miles from the original site and on Colony Glacier near Palmer, Alaska. An expedited recovery was arranged as the glacier is melting and moving at an alarming rate and every year the remains get closer to being lost in the rivers heading toward the ocean. Human remains are being sent to Hawaii for identification. Artifacts are being collected and documented. 
Calvary Cemetery
St. Louis County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Section B, Veterans’ Plots



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