On Nov. 14, 1970, a plane carrying 75 people including Marshall's football team, coaches, staff, community members and flight crew crashed near the Huntington Tri-State Airport on a return trip following the Thundering Herd's game against East Carolina.
File photos: The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, WV
A fountain was created to remember the lives that were lost (there are 75 points to the flower bud sculpture). An inscription on the monument reads: “In lasting remembrance of the members of the Marshall University football team..."
The plane crash is largely who Marshall University has become.
Each fall on November 14, the fountain at Marshall University is turned off during the service, to remain silent until spring. This year the 1970 football player who was injured, and not on the plane, came back to speak.