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Memorial for US servicemen killed in plane crashes unveiled

November 14, 2018

FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A memorial to eight U.S. servicemen killed in separate plane crashes a decade apart has been unveiled near the Hudson Valley site of the tragedies.

Community members recently gathered in the town of Fishkill’s Veterans Park for the Mount Beacon Eight plaque dedication ceremony. The memorial honors two servicemen and six Navy members who died in crashes in 1935 and 1945, respectively, on Mount Beacon.

The Friends of Mount Beacon Eight installed historic markers at the two crash sites in September.

World War II hero Dixie Kiefer died in the second crash, which occurred on Nov. 11, 1945. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, a Beacon native, awarded Kiefer a medal during the war.

Kiefer survived the sinking of the USS Yorktown and commanded the USS Ticonderoga when it was hit by kamikazes.

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