The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., held a ceremony on Oct. 23, 2009, on the base to dedicate a memorial to the 13 airmen who died in a C-130 crash in May 1962 in Kenya while supporting NASA’s Mercury space program. Here, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, who presided over the ceremony, and Elizabeth Stuart, whose father, Capt. John Stuart, was co-pilot of the C-130, unveil the plaque bearing the names of the 13 fallen airmen.
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Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.
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