|A week before the plane crash, Marshall defeated Kent State 20-17|
in its final home game of the 1970 season. Thundering Herd
defenders (from left) Larry Sanders, Scottie Reese and Bobby Hill
gang-tackle Kent State running back Phil Witherspoon.
By Jen Marr
|Jen Marr is today's|
|The Memorial Fountain on the|
Marshall University campus
serves as a lasting tribute to the
75 people who died in the
plane crash more than
four decades ago.
- Be patient with those experiencing trauma and crisis. “When you are so deep in pain there simply are no words. Don’t expect people to open up and talk about it. Be patient. We consoled each other in silence. The pain was so profound."
- We need each other more than we want to admit. “You help yourself helping yourself. Don’t underestimate your emotion. Don’t think “I’ll get over it”. Seek help. Find people you trust and open up.
- Helping others helped us. “Joe Bundy was a freshman student who was assigned to assist the father of one of the players who died (Freddie Wilson). In the book, Bundy recalled “Rather than thinking about how bad I felt about losing a homeboy (Dennis Blevins), my focus changed. I began to think about what it must be like for the parent in the situation. It allowed me to be strong."
- Everyone will respond differently. “A loss of any kind is a matter of the heart. It’s something we all have to understand because we will all deal with it at some point in our lives. And how people respond to crisis, trauma and loss are as different as our fingerprints.”
- Things will be said that would otherwise never be said. Hurtful things. Shocking things. Angry things. Clueless things. With so much pain around you, it’s unavoidable. Craig recalls vividly things said that were anything but helpful:
- Memories of the event don’t fade to black. When we think about the fact that we still have vivid memories from our childhood, how could we expect that those suffering from trauma don’t have flashbacks of what they experienced with exceptional clarity and detail? Craig recalls his memories as if he’s watching them on film. They are that clear to him.