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Charles Marion Scott, A1C, USAF (Fallen)February 14, 1933 – January 03, 1957
HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALIFORNIA IS FATALA 28-year-old West Lafayette airman and two others were killed Thursday, Jan. 3, 1957, when a rescue-type helicopter crashed in the desert near Edwards Air Force base in California.
A1C Charles Marion Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen D. Scott, of West Lafayette, was the only enlisted crewman aboard. A spokesman for the secret aircraft testing center said the Sikorsky H-19 ‘copter was on a routine mission when it crashed and burned three miles west of the base. The cause was investigated.
Scott had enlisted in the Air Force in February, 1953. Born in Glyndon, MN., he moved with his parents to West Lafayette in 1939. He was graduated in 1952 from West Lafayette Senior High School, where he had played in the band, had served on the staff of the year book, and senior class play committee, and was a HI-Y member.
In 1952 he entered Purdue University and stayed until his entry into the Air Force. He was a member of Congress Street Methodist Church.
Surviving with his parents are a sister, Mrs. Avonelle Selby of Lebanon; and three brothers, Dale Scott of Lafayette, Warren Scott of San Diego, CA., and Bruce Scott, at home.
–Lafayette Journal & Courier – 1/4/1957
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