In the late hours of November 25, 1944, a C-47 Army cargo plane en route from Chicago to Minneapolis crashed into Blue Mound 400-500 feet north of this monument. The plane had encountered a winter storm, and burdened by built up ice, was attempting to return to Chicago.
Four young Americans died serving their country in the Thanksgiving weekend accident. We, whose lives are enriched by their ultimate sacrifice, have placed this marker in their memory.
Dedicated May 30, 2005 to the memory of:
Captain Allen L. Swinton, Minneapolis, MN
2nd Lt. John A. Oppreicht, Lynxville, WI
Pfc. John B. Nolan, East St. Louis, IL
Pvt. Stanley A. Schlesinger, Richmond Hills, NY