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As original Gander Memorial closes at Fort Campbell, plans for new site take shape

 

Written by Maria McClure
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Gander memorial – Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park – sits on the peninsula between the post’s Screaming Eagle and Normandy boulevards.

It was established to honor the U.S. Army Soldiers and crew members who lost their lives in the December 12th, 1985, crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 at Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

The flight was scheduled to bring 248 Soldiers – all of whom were attached or assigned to 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, “Strike and Kill,” 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division – home to Fort Campbell following a six-month peacekeeping mission to the Sinai Peninsula in the Middle East. There were no survivors.

The new Task Force 3-502nd Memorial site will feature two sugar maples standing on either side of the black granite monuments representing the commander and the command sergeant major of Task Force 3-502nd – Lt. Col. Marvin Jeffcoat and Command Sgt. Maj. Hasland O. Black. (Courtesy Graphic)

The new Task Force 3-502nd Memorial site will feature two sugar maples standing on either side of the black granite monuments representing the commander and the command sergeant major of Task Force 3-502nd – Lt. Col. Marvin Jeffcoat and Command Sgt. Maj. Hasland O. Black. (Courtesy Graphic)

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101st Airborne Division Honors their Fallen Gander Soldiers at Memorial Service

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – “Love is never wasted, love is never lost, love lives on and sees us through sorrow,” said President Ronald Reagan during the December 16th, 1985 Fort Campbell memorial service held for the victims of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, which killed 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers, majority being from 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “From the moment love is born, it is always with us, keeping us aloft in the time of flooding and strong in the time of trial.”

The Strike Brigade continues the love of its Gander fallen by honoring and recognizing the importance of their accomplishments more than a quarter of a century ago.

Col. Dan Walrath, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Command Sgt. Major Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT, salute at Fort Campbell’s monument to the Gander tragedy during the annual remembrance ceremony, The names of the 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers who died in the crash of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, December 12th, 1985, are etched into the face of the monument. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Col. Dan Walrath, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Command Sgt. Major Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT, salute at Fort Campbell’s monument to the Gander tragedy during the annual remembrance ceremony, The names of the 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers who died in the crash of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, December 12th, 1985, are etched into the face of the monument. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Fort Campbell to hold Gander Crash Memorial Ceremony

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On December 12th, 1985, Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division lost 248 Soldiers to one of the worst air disasters in military history.

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most devastating losses in 101st Airborne Division history.

The Soldiers, along with eight crewmembers, died in an early morning plane crash at Gander, Newfoundland, International Airport, returning from a 6-month peacekeeping mission to the Sinai Peninsula in the Middle East. The Arrow Air DC-8 plane they were aboard crashed upon takeoff.

US Army Lieutenant Colonel Sidney McMannis (Obscured) and Command Sergeant Major Raymond Rodriquez (Foreground) place a wreath on the memorial for Task Force 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Soldiers.  This took place during the Division Gander Memorial Ceremony on December 12th, 1999, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  The Memorial commemorates the 248 soldiers lost in a plane crash at Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

US Army Lieutenant Colonel Sidney McMannis (Obscured) and Command Sergeant Major Raymond Rodriquez (Foreground) place a wreath on the memorial for Task Force 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Soldiers. This took place during the Division Gander Memorial Ceremony on December 12th, 1999, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The Memorial commemorates the 248 soldiers lost in a plane crash at Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

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