50th Anniversary of the El Toro Marine Air Station, CA Air Disaster
Family members of the crash victims lay a wreath to honor the memory of those who gave their lives to protect our freedom
June 25, 2015 marked the 50th Anniversary of the C-135 crash that killed 72 Marines and 12 Airmen aboard who departed from Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.
The crash took place on June 25, 1965, when a C-135 departed Marine Corps Air Station El Toro at 1:35 a.m. and crashed into Loma Ridge eleven minutes after takeoff with 72 Marines and 12 Airmen aboard.
The C-135 crash killed all 84 American servicemen aboard the plane bound for Okinawa Island in Japan via Hickham Air Force Base in Hawaii, with the 72 Marines aboard ultimately bound for Vietnam.
A Third District resident, Jordan Fourcher dedicated his Eagle Scout Project to the honor the victims of the disaster by creating a memorial for the 84 American servicemen who perished in what remains to this day even fifty years later as the worst airplane disaster in Orange County history.
“Orange County is fortunate to be served by a young man of the caliber of Jordan Fourcher. His dedicated service to his community is worthy of much thanks and appreciation,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer. “Our hearts, full with respect and gratitude, go out to the victims’ families. Truly, these victims are heros.”
The dedication of the kiosk will be on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Former MCAS El Toro, now the Orange County Great Park, Irvine. The Memorial will be at the Heritage and Aviation Exhibition, in Historic Hangar 244. For more information, click here and here.