West Salisbury in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten
Donated by Johnson Memorial Co. & Salisbury Vol. Fire Dept.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Crash of the B-52 Bomber 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.
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.)
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
— Submitted August 4, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
Categories. • War, Cold •
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