HUNTINGTON — Leslie Deese Garvis was only 6 months old when her father, Danny Deese, charter coordinator for Southern Airways Flight 932, perished among the 75 Thundering Herd teammates, coaches, staff, supporters and flight crew on Nov. 14, 1970. At noon Wednesday, Nov. 14, Garvis will take the stage as keynote speaker for the 48th Memorial Fountain Ceremony on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

HUNTINGTON - Not many people can say they were the last to see someone alive.

Tom Raymond is one who can.

In November, 1970, Raymond was working on a Master's of Science degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. He told the school's sports information director about the photography skills he'd acquired while at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The SID asked him if he'd be interested in shooting East Carolina's home football games. He said yes.

Danny D'Antoni doesn't talk much about "the crash."

He hasn't watched the "We Are Marshall" movie. He avoided the annual Nov. 14 fountain ceremony for more than 40 years. He bears his grief in silence like men were taught to do in his day.

HUNTINGTON - A change of plans will keep Katherine O'Connor Beiter from being in Huntington on Saturday during the 45th annual memorial service to remember the 75 victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash.

HUNTINGTON — From 114 wins in the 90s to just 27 in the past six seasons. The slide from being the winningest program in college football to where the program rests today has been a major source of contention among Herd football fans, save at least one — Reggie Oliver.

HUNTINGTON -- Even though it's been 38 years since the tragic Marshall plane crash, I still get a bit apprehensive each Nov. 14 as I approach the Memorial Student Center for the memorial service to remember the 75 people who lost their lives in the worst air disaster in sports history. This year, the apprehension was gone, replaced by anticipation. I, along with the Marshall community, would be reunited with a dear friend in a manner of speaking.

Something, as Reggie Oliver put it, told Jerome Hood now was his appointed time. Yes, tears would flow and pain would be felt. Those emotions always surface on a particular November day when Marshall University stops to remember the 75 people who lost their lives in what still ranks as the worst air tragedy in American sports history.

Editor's note: Cindy Arnold Pierce's parents, Charles Arnold and Rachel Baker, were among the 75 people killed in the Marshall plane crash Nov. 14, 1970. Her parents relocated their family to Huntington one year earlier in order for her father to run the office of Mutual of Omaha. He was the…

Read stories from former assistant Marshall coach Carl Kokor, former Herald-Dispatch sports writer Lowell Cade, WSAZ-TV news anchor Bos Johnson, community members Carolyn R. Barr, Gary Kline, Roger A. Hesson, Dave Marcum, Marshall teacher Elizabeth Hines Czompo, John and Elaine Whitfield, faculty wives, Kenova resident Jean Bailey, former acting Marshall University president Sam Clagg, mortuary owner Bob Carpenter and mortuary owner Lucy Rollins.

HUNTINGTON — Chris Jasperse looked around Friday morning and saw the faces of his younger Marshall University football teammates.

HUNTINGTON -- Sam Botek had a lot to smile about Saturday morning. The Toledo, Ohio, native found himself on the podium to serve as featured speaker at Marshall's Spring Fountain Ceremony where the Memorial Fountain at Memorial Student Center is turned on to signify the rebirth of Thundering…

HUNTINGTON — Turning on the fountain Saturday in the Memorial Student Plaza at Marshall University has a special memory for Margaret Topping of Parkersburg, W.Va.

HUNTINGTON -- Turning on the fountain Saturday in the Memorial Student Plaza at Marshall University has a special memory for Margaret Topping of Parkersburg, WV.

HUNTINGTON — The sight of more than 2,000 students and Huntington community members in the Memorial Student Center Plaza on Marshall University's campus Thursday afternoon was a refreshing one for Young Thundering Herd quarterback Reggie Oliver.

HUNTINGTON -- Bill Forbes was a "knock-kneed freshman" donning the Herd's No. 33 jersey for the first time when, he said, he first felt the magnitude of the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash.

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University and the city of Huntington paused Wednesday afternoon to remember what happened 42 years ago on Nov. 14, 1970.

HUNTINGTON -- Rick Meckstroth craned his neck a little, looking out at the Marshall University students who had paused in the middle of their busy day and gathered around the Memorial Fountain in the student center plaza.

HUNTINGTON -- To the inside of Vinny Curry's right shoulder is a tiny tribute to what has been a big part of his life.

HUNTINGTON — Rick Meckstroth craned his neck a little, looking out at the Marshall University students who had paused in the middle of their busy day and gathered around the Memorial Fountain in the student center plaza.

HUNTINGTON — It’s been 40 years, nearly two generations, since a plane carrying 75 Marshall University players, coaches and supporters crashed just short of a landing at Tri-State Airport.

HUNTINGTON — Mickey Jackson, an assistant coach on the 1970 Marshall University football, team will talk about the “defining moment” for him and many others in Huntington when the community gathers on Sunday, Nov. 14, to remember 75 people who lost their lives 40 years ago today.

HUNTINGTON -- Daniel and Madge Slay finally got to pay their respects to people they didn't know. The two did so 38 years after the fact. To top it off, it took a movie to inspire the two to drive in from Missouri for the special occasion.

HUNTINGTON -- When The Rev. Robert Scott celebrates Mass today at St. Austin Catholic Parish in Austin, Texas, he'll offer up a special prayer to people touched in any way by the Marshall University plane crash on Nov. 14, 1970.

HUNTINGTON -- Mary Lou Light has been behind the wheel for some difficult car trips. One of the most difficult for her occurred Nov. 14, 1970, while returning home from Morgantown where that afternoon she had watched West Virginia defeat Syracuse, 28-19. Paul Zirkle, her son, had gone to a f…