BATTLE CREEK ANGB, Michigan (Air Force News Service) — A pilot assigned to this base was killed in the crash of an A-10 jet fighter in New Mexico, north of Fort Bliss, Texas, May 19, 1995.
The pilot, Major Clarence T. Marsh III, 41, of Park City, Utah, was an Air National Guard member of the 172nd Fighter Squadron, the base's flying unit.
Marsh, a 1977 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, was a command pilot assigned as an assistant flight commander for the squadron. He was employed full-time by Delta Airlines.
He is survived by his wife and three children at home, and parents in Hampton, Virginia.
The accident is under investigation by a board of Air Force officers.
Major Marsh was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 31 May 1995 after having been provided with a waiver for such burial.
The waiver was supported and proposed by Rep. Randy Cunningham (R-California) and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John McCain (R-Arizona), Dan Coats (R-Indiana) and Robert Bennett (R-Utah): Deceased was Clarence Marsh, active duty 1978-87, killed while training with Air National Guard.
Major Clarence T. Marsh, U.S. Air National Guard, was flying as part of an Army exercise over White Sands Missile Range when his plane crashed. According to reports of the incident, he remained with the plane as it crashed to prevent it from crashing into the approximately 100 soldiers on the ground, thus saving their lives at the expense of his own.
NOTE: His father, Clarence T. Marsh, Jr., Colonel, United States Army, died in May 2001 and was also laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
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