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Adair Countians play role in dedication of B-58 Marker

Latest update: Comments of Mike Watson
Alan W. Reed, of Adair County, is a native of Liberty, Casey County, KY. He was an eyewitness to the aftermath of the supersonic bomber crash at McKinney, Lincoln County, KY, and major speaker at the dedication. Other Adair Countians were there to honor three fallen heroes and returned with memories they will never forget. Additional comments and notes and links will be added to this story as received today.
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By Chris Bennett
With additional first hand contributors

The B-58 Historical marker dedication at McKinney turned out great due to the hard work of several Adair county folks.

Aimee Reed, Bro Bill Davenport, Billy Pickett, and Joe Hare with members of the Columbia VFW Post 6097, and the guys of Patriot Guard Riders played a major part in the success of the dedication.

Alan W. Reed is responsible for bringing all these elements together in a way that initiated a memorable memorial dedication that a crowd of around 200 attended.

Members of the Columbia VFW 6097 Present were: Ronnie Holt-Honor Guard Commander/Rifleman; Joe Hare-Rifleman; Kenneth Scott-Rifleman; Orvis Grider-Flag Bearer; Charles Green-Flag Bearer.

Joe Hare, on Sunday morning, June 25, 2012 has unforgettable memories of the day. He writes:"My thought: This was one of the most reverent crowds that I have ever seen gathered outside of a church or funeral home. Everyone there wanted to make sure they honored those three fallen heroes. Alan Reed and Chris Bennett should reach back over their shoulders this morning and pat themselves on the back for a 'job well done.'

Patriot Guard Riders from Adair and Cumberland Counties who attended were: Steve Burris, Sue Burris, Jeff Schorman, Ron Griffith, Jimmy Walker, Mark Polston, CR Drake, Terri Drake, and Pat Hare.

Adair County Historian Mike Watson was there, and had these comments:"This ceremonial Kentucky Historical Marker dedication was a moving experience. The organizers prepared and presented a program that honored the service of the men involved in the tragedy as well as their families and those who were on the scene soon after the crash, and in the days that followed. Chris Bennett, Alan Reed and all the others associated with the revival of remberance of this fateful event accomplished much more than they may realize by reminding all of us of what had surely become a mere footnote in history."Thanks for all the Adair County support. -Chris Bennett

Related links: B58Memorial.com

Danville, Advocate-Messenger story on the dedication recommended by Chris Bennett.



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Sneak Preview: B-58 Marker at McKinney



2012-06-23 - McKinney, Lincoln Co., KY - Photo by Lee Murphy. Memorial Marker at McKinney I just happened to be cruising on Short Pike in Lincoln County today. I thought I would send you a "sneak" picture of the B-58 Memorial Marker. It looks great!!! - Lee Murphy
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Alan W. Reed was speaker at B-58 Marker Dedication



2012-06-23 - McKinney, Lincoln County, KY - Photo by Johnnie Tarter, Columbia, KY. Alan W. Reed, Columbia, KY, who was still in high school in Casey County when the B-58 supersonic bomber crashed near McKinney, just over the county line in Lincoln County, was an eyewitness to the aftermath of the crash, and spoke of his vivid recollection of what transpired that night.
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VFW Commander Joe Hare speaks to Patriot Guard Riders



2012-06-23 - McKinney, Lincoln County, KY - Photo by Johnnie Tarter, Columbia, KY. VFW Post 15, Columbia, KY, Commander Joe Hare speaks with fellow Patriot Guard Riders at ceremonies marking the dedication of the Historical Marker at McKinney, Lincoln Co., KY, to the 1966 crash of the B-58 Hustler Bomber on December 16, 1966. Patriot Guard riders Above in no particular order, from Adair and Cumberland Counties who attended were: Steve Burris, Sue Burris, Jeff Schorman, Ron Griffith, Jimmy Walker, Mark Polston, CR Drake, Terri Drake, and Pat Hare. Members of VFW Post 6097 also participated in the event, which was spearheaded by Columbia Historian Chris Bennett, after hearing the story told by Alan W. Reed, then a student in Liberty, KY, and who visited the crash scene minutes after it occurred.
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Columbia VFW members Kenneth Scott, Charles Green



2012-06-23 - McKinney, Lincoln County, KY - Photo by Johnnie Tarter, Columbia, KY. Kenneth Scott, left and Charles Green of Columbia VFW Post 6097 chatted before the dedication of the Historical Marker commemorating the December 12, 1966 crash of the B-58 Hustler Bomber at a site near McKinney, in southern Lincoln County.
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Single American flag marks spot of crash



2012-06-23 - McKinney, Lincoln County, KY - Photo by Johnnie Tarter, Columbia, KY. A single American flag flew at the actual site of the B-58 Hustler bomber disaster, where the supersonic bomber crashed on December 12, 1966, during the height of the Cold War.
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New Historical Marker at McKinney, KY



2012-06-24 - Short Pike, McKinney, Lincoln County, KY - Photo by Johnnie Tarter, Columbia, KY. A major incident on American soil during the long Cold War, won't fade into history, but memories of the tragedy are now officially commemorated thanks to the work of Adair Countians Chris Bennett and Alan Reed. Bennett was inspired by the story of the event remembered by Alan Reed and then spearheaded a drive to fund, process and erect this Kentucky Historical Marker on Short Pike, McKinney, KY.
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Alan W. Reed, Rev. Bill Davenport at Marker Dedication



2012-06-24 - McKinney, Lincoln County, KY - Photo by Johnnie Tarter, Columbia, KY. Alan W. Reed, left and Rev. Bill Davenport,right both of Columbia, KY, reviewed notes before the dedication ceremonies for the Historical Marker commenrating a 1966 Cold War tragedy, the crash of a B-58 Hustler bomber. Reed, now the Superintendent-elect of the Adair County School system, was living in his hometown, Liberty, KY, at the time and was on the scene of the tragedy minutes after it happened. Rev. Davenport, chaplain of VFW Post 6097, Columbia, KY, gave the invocation at the event.
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Adair Countian Billy Pickett plays taps at dedication



2012-06-25 - McKinney, Lincoln Co., KY - Photo by Johnnie Tarter.
Retired Adair County educator Billy Pickett played taps for the Historical Marker dedication at McKinney, KY, Saturday, December 23, 2012. - Chris Bennett

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