West Lafayette in Coshocton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pennsylvania National Guard Troop Train Accident, September 1950
The troop train, commanded by LTC Townend, was carrying members of the 109th Field Artillery Battalion en route from Wilkes-Barre to Camp Atterbury before being deployed to Germany during the Korean Conflict.
Radio station WTNS in Coshocton and news director John R. Terry broadcast a live radio-telephone hook-up to a radio station in Wilkes-Barre.
The rescue effort involved citizens of West Lafayette, Coshocton and surrounding areas.
In memory of the thirty three members of the 109th Field Artillery Battalion, Pennsylvania National Guard, killed Sept. 11, 1950
This memorial is dedicated to the many citizens of Coshocton County who aided in the early morning rescue effort during the troop train accident of September 1950.
Erected 1990 by West Lafayette American Legion Post 446 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 159 of Coshocton County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Patriots & Patriotism • Railroads & Streetcars • War, Korean. A significant historical date for this entry is September 11, 1810.
Location. 40° 16.589′ N, 81° 45.054′ W. Marker is in West Lafayette, Ohio, in Coshocton County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Street (Ohio Route 93) and Kirk Street, on the right when traveling east on Railroad Street. Markers are in park on Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Lafayette OH 43845, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Lafayette Volunteer Fire Department Centennial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Lafayette War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Koquechagachton (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old Stone Fort (approx. 3.9 miles away); Broadhead Massacre (approx. 4.9 miles away); George W. Crile, M. D. (approx. 5 miles away); Plainfield Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Dr. William Edgar Lower Co-Founder of Cleveland Clinic (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Lafayette.
Regarding Pennsylvania National Guard Troop Train Accident, September 1950. On September 5, 1950, the 109th was mobilized for the Korean War. On September 11, at Coshocton, Ohio, while en route to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, a civilian train struck the battalions troop train. Thirty-three soldiers were killed and scores wounded. Annual memorial services are held at monuments in Coshocton and at the Kingston (Pennsylvania) Armory to remember the soldiers lost in the train wreck.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Memorial at the Pennsylvania Military Museum/28th Division Shrine.
Also see . . . 28th Infantry Division on the Military History of Indiana web page. Pictures, history and remembrance of the wreck. Click on the "Train Disaster" link in the left-hand drop-down menu. (Submitted on January 15, 2009, by Jim West of Franklin, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2017. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 4,769 times since then and 264 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 12, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.