NC Air Guard crew remembered in South Dakota

NC Air Guard crew remembered in South Dakota

NC Air Guard crew remembered in South Dakota

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 10:31 AM

EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) -- Officials have dedicated a memorial in western South Dakota honoring North Carolina National Guardsmen who died a year ago when their air tanker crashed while fighting a wildfire.
 
The interpretive site on a ridge top northeast of Edgemont honors six airmen -- four who died and two who were injured. It was dedicated Monday on the one-year anniversary of the crash in South Dakota's Black Hills.
 
Killed were 42-year-old Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal, of Mooresville, N.C.; 36-year-old Maj. Joseph McCormick, of Belmont; 35-year-old Maj. Ryan David, of Boone; and 50-year-old Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon, of Charlotte.
 
More than 100 family, friends and colleagues were on hand for Monday's dedication ceremony. South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels (MY'-kuhls) also attended and spoke, expressing gratitude for the sacrifice of the airmen.

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