Probably the best way to introduce myself and my son is via the links below. My son is working on an Eagle Scout service project to honor the sacrifices made by those that serve in the military. He has designed a bronze plaque to commemorate the crew of a B-29 that crashed here in Alaska.
When the press shoots video, you never know what "angle" they are going to talk to make a "story". It turned out to be rah-rah Tyler, and rah-rah eagle scout, and not so much THANK YOU to the servicemen and their families like we had hoped.
As we thought about the project we realized that the REALLY IMPORTANT aspect of this project, was to let the families know that after almost 50 years, something was done to recognize their sacrifices, and that the Anchorage community appreciated the service to our country provided by their loved ones. Tyler arranged with our congressman to have a flag flown over the capital in Washington D.C. last Memorial Day for each member of the aircrew, he then flew each of those flags over his little memorial at the crash site. We would like to put together a box for each of the families with their flag, a rubbing of the plaque, photos of the crash site, newspaper articles from the archives, etc..
The original project was to mount a plaque at the crash site. However during the course of the project it was suggested that Tyler ALSO place a plaque & monument @ Byers Lake State Park. The plaque at the crash site will help prevent looting, but will not be seen by many people. The plaque & stone monument at the Park will be seen by thousands.
Or hope is to get the construction work done @ Byers Lake before freeze-up this fall, and have everything in place in time for the 2007 visitors to the Park, 2007 will be the 50th anniversary of the crash. If we can locate family members, they may be interested in coming to Alaska for a dedication next summer.
With the help of a Journalist in the United Kingdom and a genealogist in Maryland, we have already located 5 members of the ten man crew.
However we are REALLY having difficulty locating surviving family members of a young man from Aragon, GA. The Anchorage newspapers only said that James D. Roberson was single, had no family living within the state, and was from Aragon Georgia. I am not sure what newspapers in or around Aragon, may have printed a death notice or obituary within a few days of the crash on November 15, 1957, that may have mentioned surviving family members.
Any help in locating brothers or sisters would REALLY be appreciated. This is truly a needle in a haystack. ANY suggestions would be appreciated.
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