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West Salisbury in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten

 
 
T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 1, 2013
1. T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten Marker
Inscription. In memory of T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten of the U.S.A.F. who lost his life on the ill fated B-52 bomber on Jan. 13, 1964.

Donated by Johnson Memorial Co. & Salisbury Vol. Fire Dept.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the B-52 Bomber Crash in Maryland marker series.
 
Location. 39° 45.687′ N, 79° 5.184′ W. Marker is in West Salisbury, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Salisbury Avenue and 9th Street. Click for map. Marker is about 150-200 feet east of this intersection, along a dirt road that takes you toward the Casselman river, just past an old railroad right of way. Marker is in this post office area: West Salisbury PA 15565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lest We Forget (approx. 4.8 miles away); Meyersdale Centennial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Little Meadows (approx. 4.8 miles away in Maryland); John Nelson Davis (approx. 5.1 miles away); Mt. Davis (approx. 5.1 miles away); Western Maryland Railway (approx. 5.2 miles away); Crash of a United States B-52 Bomber (approx. 5.2 miles away in Maryland); Stantonís Mill (approx. 5.3 miles away in Maryland).
 
More about this marker.
T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 1, 2013
2. T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten Marker
The marker is at the location where Melvin Wooten was found. He landed near here after having ejected from a crashing B-52, attempting to get to Salisbury PA, but froze in the snow by the Casselman River.
 
Regarding T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten. The B-52 Strato-Fortress was on a routine mission carrying two 24-megaton nuclear bombs. This was the height of the Cold War and 12 atomic-bomb laden aircraft such as this were airborne at all times. The B-52 crashed on Big Savage Mountain near Lonaconing, during a violent snow storm after the tail fin broke off during massive turbulence. Three of the crew died, two survived. The ordnance was recovered.
 
Also see . . .  Cold War mission ended in tragedy for B-52 crew. This page, linked from the Salisbury PA Historical Web Site, appears to be the most comprehensive story, but there are several others available with a google search. (Submitted on August 4, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. B-52 Crash Markers
There are 4 markers related to this incident. One is in the town of Grantsville MD as a tribute to the 5 men involved in the incident, and the citizens who helped search for the men after the crash. The other three markers are located where
T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 1, 2013
3. T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten Marker
The Wooten marker is flanked by the flags. The marker to the left of that is an Eagle Scout Project recognition for Anthony Michael Hillegas.
three of the five were found dead: T/Sgt Melvin F. Wooten in West Salisbury PA, Major Robert Lee Payne along the Poplar Lick Trail in the Savage River State Forest, and Major Robert E. Townley at the crash site near Pine Swamp Road in Barton, MD
    — Submitted August 4, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.

 
Categories. War, Cold
 
Buzz One Four Sign image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 31, 2016
4. Buzz One Four Sign
Directional sign located at the intersection of St. Paul Road and West Salisbury Avenue. The Wooten marker is about 1/4 mile north from here.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on October 9, 2016.
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