Near Nebraska City in Otoe County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
U.S. Air Force Atlas Missile Site
The Atlas-F ICBM (operational 1961-65) was an important component of national defense during the Cold War. Twelve Atlas sites, one located half a mile west, were manned by the 551st Strategic Missile Squadron, Lincoln Air Force Base.
On November 22, 1964, a crew from this site died in a plane crash a mile south of here. The victims were Maj. Lee Craft, 1st Lt. Chester Higgenbotham, S/Sgt. Harold Hrenchir, A/1C Donald Moore, A/2C David Theriot, and pilot Maj. Robert Wilson.
Erected 2009 by S/Sgt Rudy D. Burd, Nebraska City Power Partner, and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 468.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Disasters • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Cold. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 2008.
Location. 40° 40.562′ N, 95° 56.118′ W. Marker is near Nebraska City, Nebraska, in Otoe County. Marker is on 56th Road near Nebraska Highway 2, on the leftTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 North 56th Road, Nebraska City NE 68410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nebraska City (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mayhew Cabin and the Underground Railroad (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mayhew Cabin, 1855 (approx. 3.4 miles away); This ELI Windmill (approx. 3.8 miles away); Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting (approx. 3.8 miles away); Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Dept. (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pioneer Masons of Nebraska Territory (approx. 4 miles away); Mother Church of Methodism in Nebraska (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nebraska City.
Also see . . .
1. 551st Strategic Missile Squadron. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on April 12, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. SM-65 Atlas Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile System 1958-1965. Atlas Missile Silo Site homepage (Submitted on April 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. 551st Strategic Missile Squadron. Lincoln Air Force Base Online Museum website entry (Submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,092 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.