On November 22nd, 1952, a C-124 Globemaster aircraft crashed while en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, from McChord Air Force Base, Washington. There were 52 souls on board. 11 crewmen and 41. Adverse weather conditions made immediate recovery attempts impossible. When search parties were finally able to make it to the site in late November and early December 1952, they were unable to locate and recover any of the service members.
Nearly 60 years later, on June 9, 2012, an Alaska National Guard (AKNG) UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew spotted aircraft wreckage and debris while conducting a training mission over the Colony Glacier, immediately west of Mount Gannett. Three days later another AKNG team landed at the site to photograph the area and they found artifacts at the site that related to the wreckage of the C-124 Globemaster.
Col. Noel Hoblit was on that flight. This is his home coming ceremony.