Marshall Haley 
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Re: “The 1947 Cargo Plane Crash in Memphis

My father, Maj. Austin Haley, was on that plane. The paper's description of the flight's purpose and origin were a 'top secret' spin. They were ordnance officers returning from one of many bomb tests at White Sands, NM to their jobs at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Dad, a former machinist in the Bremerton Navy Yard (apprenticed at age 15) was in charge of developing the world's then-largest cannon, 'Little David,' of which I have a picture. He was assistant to the Army's Chief or Ordnance Research and Development in the Pentagon -- which is why we lived in Arlington at the time. He had just received orders to attend the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He was 36; I was almost 3 months; my brothers were 8 and 9. I wish I'd known him. I'm sure the other 19 killed that evening were valuable members of our nation's defense, good men who were also terribly missed by their families. God bless America.

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Posted by Marshall Haley on 12/21/2015 at 2:13 AM
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