December 12, 1985, the chartered DC-8 plane carrying 248 members of the
101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell, Kentucky and 8 crew members
returning home for Christmas from peace keeping duties in the Middle
East, crashed during takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland. The following
Monday, December 16, 1985, President and Mrs. Reagan visited Fort
Campbell for a memorial service honoring those soldiers.
"GANDER - THE UNTOLD STORY"
memorial was built in honor of the members of the 101st Airborne
Division who died in the Gander crash. The children are each holding
olive branches, representing the peacekeeping mission in the Sinai that
the 101st Airborne Division was returning from when the crash occurred.
© Fred Earle