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NY memorial set for 7 airmen killed in '59 fire

October 4, 2013
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A memorial is being unveiled at the site in Syracuse where a fire in a dormitory housing U.S. Air Force personnel claimed the lives of seven airmen more than 50 years ago.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( ) that the memorial will be dedicated Friday afternoon near the site where the Syracuse University-affiliated building once stood. Relatives of some of the victims are expected to attend, along with university officials and Air Force veterans.

The dorm served as a barracks for dozens of airmen studying Eastern European languages at the university during the Cold War. The fire broke out on Jan. 6, 1959, killing seven airmen and injuring 16 others.

Air Force veterans who served in intelligence or reconnaissance units launched an effort last year to get a memorial placed at the site of the tragedy.


Information from: The Post-Standard,



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