HUNTINGTON — On Saturday, hundreds gathered in Huntington in socially distanced fashion for the Memorial Fountain Ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash that killed all 75 people aboard Southern Airways Flight 932. 

HUNTINGTON — Quaking aspen trees, easily found in Canaan Valley in West Virginia, are unique in that they produce new trees from a shared root system. An infection of one tree could destroy an entire forest, but the trees live and breathe as one unit, striving to grow stronger as one. 

The memorial at Spring Hill Cemetery was almost a 20-foot-tall bronze statue of a football player “passing the football back to Marshall.” It was nixed after the art department said it would be in poor taste. A memorial fund was started two days after the crash to benefit the surviving famil…

Football coaches often talk of overcoming adversity — they tell their players to “get back up when you get knocked down.” That’s not just a pep talk around Huntington, West Virginia. That’s a metaphor for life, which rings truer at Marshall University than it does in most any other college t…

What I hope people remember the most about our tragedy is how we rebounded and were so resilient in the years that followed. It was devastating to lose so many who were part of the fabric of our community, university and athletics department. However, the people in and around this program pu…

"Personally, the '70s were indescribable to a lot of people. They proved how families really had to care about each other — especially the ones who lost both parents. Looking back on how so many people out of the community were so supportive of us. They were close to the people that were los…

For a while, I thought it just affected me. I thought it was just me, but I grew to realize that everybody was involved. If you want to call that survivor’s guilt, then I guess I did suffer from it. It’s as emotional a thing as you can ever be a part of. 

The No. 1 thing is, people need to remember how hard and how much adversity the university went through and how hard it was to get here, and where we’ve been. I’ve said many times, there is not a program in America that has gone through what Marshall went through. To get back to where we are…

HUNTINGTON — What happened on the night of Nov. 14, 1970, is no secret to those who call Huntington home. But a memorial erected to honor a group of fraternity brothers who died in a plane crash that night — something that could be easily overlooked — was taken down Friday in order to restore it to its original state.

ASHLAND — It was Nov. 14, 1970, and for Dr. Paul Lett a day off from his stressful job as director of the emergency room at Cabell Huntington Hospital. A carefree Saturday afternoon that the doctor used to paint a room in his house in Huntington's Greenbrier Heights neighborhood, wound up being a day he would never forget.

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.