Those of you who regularly read The Paper will remember a cover story we did called 'Where Heroes Once Flew." http://thecommunitypaper.com/archive/2010/07_29/index.php
It was a story about tiny Milligan, Nebraska . . . and the crashes of B-24's during training flights, and how the residents of Milligan formed a committee to track down the relatives of those airmen who died . . . and to honor them with a memorial, 60+ years later.
Well, that story, as we say in the business, 'had legs.' It made it all the way to NBC. We received the following email from Diane Snyder, the niece of one of the airmen who died, and the person who put us on to the story originally. The rest is self explanatory and the NBC news clip at the end is very, very well done:
----- Original Message -----
From: Diane Snyder
To: 'Lyle Davis'
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2010 8:59 AM
Subject: FW: Today Show video: 65 years later, fallen airmen still remembered
Through tears I just watched this linked segment that was on
this morning’s ‘Today Show.’ It’s almost 4 minutes in length.
(Fortunately, Janet Bartels, the Chairperson of ‘The Milligan Memorial
Committee,’ e-mailed this to me this morning.)
When you see the two women embrace near the end of the segment,
the woman with the neck brace is Minnie Klein, the widow of
2nd Lt. Melvin Klein, the only survivor on my Uncle’s plane. Minnie
is 90+ years old. The younger woman is Karen Williams Edelmann,
the daughter of the pilot, 2nd Lt. James Williams. Karen was born
6 weeks before her father died in the crash. Their meeting, captured
on the video, speaks for itself…
From: Janet_Bartels@ned.uscourts.gov [mailto:Janet_Bartels@ned.uscourts.gov]
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2010 6:54 AM
Subject: Today Show video: 65 years later, fallen airmen still remembered
65 years later, fallen airmen still remembered
As NBC's Mike Leonard reports, Milligan, Neb., will never be mentioned in the same breath as Normandy or Iwo Jima, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be mentioned at all.