Plans are underway to erect a memorial to the Marines and Sailor who lost their lives in the crash of aircraft 165000, call sign Yanky 72. The drawings above are an artist rendering of what the memorial will look like. The memorial will be located a few miles from the crash site at the airfield where the command post was set up for the recovery operations. The lead organization is the Department of Mississippi Marine Corps League. The Marine Corps League has contacted the Marine Corps Air Transport Association seeking support for this effort. It was initially estimated the memorial will cost about $50,000 to construct and maintain. The MCATA Board of Directors decided to support this effort and set up a fundraiser to help pay for the site. Our initial goal was 20% of the total cost of the memorial which was $10,000. We reached that goal within the first two weeks. The actual cost of the memorial will be much higher due to the cost of putting the terrazzo surface on it. The new cost is $80,000. We have therefore increased our goal to $16,000 and are setting a stretch goal of $20,000. The dedication is currently planned for 14 July, 2018.
We are Marines and we do what needs to be done and we will do this!
Description: The memorial is about 30' in diameter and has a planview of a KC-130 in the middle pointed along the last known heading of Yanky 72. Around the edge will be a ring of red marble with the names of the fifteen Marines and one Sailor aboard Yanky 72 embedded in permanent brass letters. The VMGR-452 squadron patch will be at the head of the aircraft and the patch of the 2nd Battalion of the Marine Raiders at the back. There will be a monument on a pole in the center with a plaque on each side. There will be three flag poles with an American flag, a U.S. Navy flag and a U.S. Marine flag. The flag poles will be lighted with 16 LED up lights that will represent each serviceman lost. A local women's garden group will donate the landscaping and maintain it and the county will provide the land upon which the memorial stands.
Once we have more information about the dedication ceremony we will pass that along.
If you would like to help us, please click the Yanky 72 Memorial Donation link in the menu at the top of this page and make your tax free charitable donation using your credit card.
If you wish to pay by check, please send a check made out to MCATA to:
Yanky 72 Memorial
c/o Rich Driscoll
7324 Brady Oaks Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76135
Thanks for your dedication to our cause, to our fellow Transporters and to the Marine Corps.