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Mustang Memorial Plaza

 
 
Mustang Memorial Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
1. Mustang Memorial Plaza Marker
Inscription. On October 29, 1960, a chartered aircraft carrying the Cal Poly Mustang Football Team crashed on takeoff at the Toledo, Ohio Airport. Sixteen Mustang football players, the team manager, and a Mustang booster were killed in the crash and twenty-two others were injured. Mustang Memorial Plaza is dedicated to their memory.

[Second Marker at the Memorial]
The 1960 Cal Poly Football Team
First Row (L-R): Don O’Meara, Don Adams, Russ Woods, Benny Martin, Coach LeRoy Hughes, Marshall Kulju, Bob Johnson, Bill Stewart, E. Gary Van Horn

Second Row (L-R): Dick McBride, John Reardon, Mike Young, Dean Carlson, Roy Scialabba, Jim Ledbetter, Brent Jobe, Doug Minton, Clark Tuthill, John Bell, General Owens

Third Row (L-R): Ted Tollner, Norton Engen, Walt Shimek, Gil Stork, Al Marinai, Lynn Lobaugh, Guy Hennigan, John Ramsey, Wayne Sorenson, Rod Baughn, John Brennan, Fred Brown

Fourth Row (L-R): Athletic Trainer Terry Betterton, Team Manager Wendell Miner, Joe Copeland, Curtis Hill, Larry Austin, Roger Kelly, Billy Ross, Ray Porras, Bill Dauphin, Carl Bowser, Skip Stratton, Coach Walt Williamson

Not in Picture: Mustang Team Booster Pete Bachino, Rudy Bezmarevich, James Fahey, Vic Hall, Coach Sheldon Harden, Dr. Arthur James, Telegram-Tribune Sports Editor Johnny
The 1960 Cal Poly Football Team image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
2. The 1960 Cal Poly Football Team
Click on "Also See..." Link #1 for a close-up view of the photo displayed on this marker.
Nettleship, Coach Howie O’Daniels, and Jerry Williams
 
Erected 2006 by California Polytechnic State University.
 
Location. 35° 17.853′ N, 120° 39.908′ W. Marker is in San Luis Obispo, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker is on California Boulevard. Click for map. Markers and Plaza are located at the southern end of the Alex G. Spanos Stadium located on the Cal Poly Campus. Marker is in this post office area: San Luis Obispo CA 93401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Powerhouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); M60A3 (TTS) Main Battle Tank (approx. 0.9 miles away); General John C. Fremont (approx. one mile away); San Luis Obispo Sesquicentennial (approx. one mile away); Motel Inn (approx. one mile away); Site of First County Court House (approx. 1.1 miles away); “Love” and “Double Joy” (approx. 1.1 miles away); J. P. Andrews Building (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Luis Obispo.
 
Regarding Mustang Memorial Plaza. Surrounding the Mustang Sculpture are marble pillars displaying photos and information on the Cal Poly students lost in the plane crash.
 
Also see . . .
Unbridled Spirit image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
3. Unbridled Spirit
by Roy Harris
"Committed to Excellence"

Markers are located to the left and to the right of the sculpture.

1. Tragic Flight: The 1960 Football Team Plane Crash. Details of the plane crash and aftermath on file with the Cal Poly Robert E. Kennedy Library. (Submitted on November 28, 2010.) 

2. Cal Poly to Honor the Memory of the 1960 Football Team Members. A Bakersfield.com October 2010 article by Jeff Evans. (Submitted on November 28, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsSports
 
John Bell - Halfback - 24 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
4. John Bell - Halfback - 24
Age 24
5'8"
185 LBS
Tilden Tech High School, Chicago
Physical Education - Sophomore
Son of John C. & Ellen K. Bell
Dean Carlson - Halfback - 43 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
5. Dean Carlson - Halfback - 43
Age 20
6'0"
180 LBS
Lompoc High School, Lompoc
Electronic Engineering - Sophomore
Son of C. Adolph & Billie Carlson
Wayne Sorenson - Quarterback - 11 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
6. Wayne Sorenson - Quarterback - 11
Age 20
5'10"
190 LBS
Washington High School - Los Angeles
Social Sciences - Sophomore
Son of Gerald & Gladys Sorenson
Lynn Lobaugh - Guard - 68 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
7. Lynn Lobaugh - Guard - 68
Age 20
5'11"
200 LBS
Huntington Park High School - Huntington Park
Social Sciences - Junior
Son of Harold & Clara Lobaugh
Curtis Hill - End - 80 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
8. Curtis Hill - End - 80
Age 21
6'1"
190 LBS
Bakersfield High School - Bakersfield
Physical Education - Senior
Son of Willis Sr. & Carrie Mae Hill
Don O'Meara - Fullback - 33 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
9. Don O'Meara - Fullback - 33
Age 25
5'9" - 200 LBS
Madera Union High School, Madera
Physical Education - Junior
Son of Michael & Melissa O'Meara
Husband of Karen Kay (Miller) O'Meara
Rod Baughn - Tackle - 71 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
10. Rod Baughn - Tackle - 71
Age 21
6'3"
215 LBS
San Gabriel, Ca. - Alhambra High School
Mechanical Engineering - Senior
Son of Wayne & Willimene Baughn
Wendell Miner - Team Manager image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
11. Wendell Miner - Team Manager
Age 21
5'10"
150 LBS
Washington High School, Los Angeles
Business & Industrial Journalism - Sophomore
Son of Mary L. Miner
Marshall Kulju - Halfback - 44 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
12. Marshall Kulju - Halfback - 44
Age 20
5'11" LBS
185 LBS
Antioch High School, Antioch
Aeronautical Engineering - Junior
Son of John & Anne Kulju
Jim Ledbetter - Center - 55 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
13. Jim Ledbetter - Center - 55
Age 19
5'11'
200 LBS
La Sierra High School, Sacramento
Industrial Engineering - Sophomore
Son of James & Eva Ledbetter
Pete Bachino - Team Booster image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
14. Pete Bachino - Team Booster
Age 61
Born in Silver Plume, Colorado
Resident of San Luis Obispo
Son of Carlo & Isabella Bachino
Husband of May (Morganti) Bachino
Father of Robert P. Bachino
Vic Hall - Halfback - 26 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
15. Vic Hall - Halfback - 26
Age 23
6'2" - 186 LBS
Fremont High School, Los Angeles
Social Sciences - Senior
Son of Walter & Luberta Clift
Father of Reginald & Victoria
Larry Austin - End - 85 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
16. Larry Austin - End - 85
Age 23 - 5'11" - 187 LBS
Bakersfied High School, Bakersfield
Physical Education - Sophomore
Son of Kyle & Iris Austin
Husband of Marlene (Gleason) Austin
Father of Thane
Bill Stewart - End - 82 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
17. Bill Stewart - End - 82
Age 19
6'1"
185 LBS
Mark Keppel High School, Monterey Park
Physical Education - Sophomore
Son of Ralph & Phyllis Stewart
Ray Porras - Fullback - 30 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
18. Ray Porras - Fullback - 30
Age 27 - 5'10" - 195 LBS
James A. Garfield High School, Los Angeles
Physical Education - Senior
Son of Paul & Isabel Porras
Husband of Dorothy J. (Tolmasoff) Porras
Father of Diana, Kathleen, Eileen & Rebecca
Guy Hennigan - Tackle - 83 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
19. Guy Hennigan - Tackle - 83
Age 20
6'0"
190 LBS
Huntington Park High School, Huntington Park
Physical Education - Sophomore
Son of Earl & Nellie Hennigan
Joe Copeland - Center - 53 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
20. Joe Copeland - Center - 53
Age 23
5'10" - 210 LBS
Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield
Physical Education - Senior
Son of Kyle & Grace Copeland
Husband of Kay (Jarrard) Copeland
E. Gary Van Horn - Halfback - 46 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
21. E. Gary Van Horn - Halfback - 46
Age 22 - 6'2" - 210 LBS
Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles
Crop Science - Senior
Son of Lloyd Van Horn & Leatha Van Horn Stringham
Husband of Karen (Taylor) Van Horn
Father of Craig & Connie
Mustang Memorial Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2010
22. Mustang Memorial Plaza
 
 
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