Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
302nd TCW Aircraft Accident Memorial
Lt. Col. Richard M. Griswold
Maj. Stanley H. Heismann
Maj. James A. Hopkins
Capt. Woodson B. Gudgell
Capt. Ernest B. Milligan
Capt. Robert L. Timmons
S Sgt. Richard F. Davis
S Sgt. Clyde Grimes
Erected by 302nd Troop Carrier Wing.
Location. 39° 26.746′ N, 83° 48.576′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Ohio, in Clinton County. Click for map. Memorial is near the flagpole in the chain-link fenced enclosure in Denver Williams Memorial Park, about 0.1 miles south of the park entrance off Rombach Avenue (US Route 22). Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington OH 45177, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 907 TAG C-119G Accident Memorial (here, next to this marker); 302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial (here, next to this marker); 302 TAW C-119 Accident Memorial (here, next to this marker); Kenneth W. Faul (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. W. Denver Williams, Jr. (about 700 feet away); Wilmington War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Indian Trails of Clinton County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilmington College (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
Regarding 302nd TCW Aircraft Accident Memorial. All those listed died on 18 April 1964, probably in a C-119 aircraft accident, details and location unknown. The unit was based at nearby Clinton County Air Force Base at the time.
Also see . . . Crash Survivor.
My Father was James Hopkins who was killed in this accident. This is the first time I have seen something about the marker. It brings back alot of memories.
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2. 302nd TCW Memorial
My father was Maj Stanley Heismann who is listed on the plaque. I am thankful that these men have been recognized for the ultimate sacrifice they paid. I am also grateful for the service of Don White who maintains the grounds around the memorials at J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park. Thank you for creating this site.
I was a crew chief in the 302nd 1952-1955. As such I flew with Captain James Hopkins many times. We both lived in Dayton and many times I rode down to Wilmington with him on training weekends. He was a good pilot and a good friend.
My name is David Schmitt. I'm from Columbus and now live in Londonderry, OH. I was stationed at Ft. Sill at the time of the accident. I was the second person at the scene and helped removed the men from the plane. While I was researching the accident I found this memorial. I'm very happy to know that these fine men have something to remember them.
5. Maj. James A. Hopkins
My father was one of the pilots. Thank you to all who have helped keep alive the memory of these brave men who were so proud to serve our country. My father was a wonderful man who loved the Air Force and flying. Like so many other brave men that came before and after him, he gave his life doing what he loved.
My dad, Jim Hopkins, was one of the pilots who died in this accident. I never knew there was a memorial in Wilmington, and I have wondered if anyone remembered that April 18--especially after the base was closed. It means so much to see that they have not been forgotten. Thank you to all who have created and maintained this memorial. I can still see my dad buzzing our house (which I know he wasn't supposed to do) and waving out the window of his C119. After 50 years, I still miss him.
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