Marshall to honor 1970 plane crash victims with helmet decal

Thursday marks the 43rd anniversary of the 1970 plane crash that took the lives of 75 Marshall football players, coaches and staff members. Marshall will play Tulsa on Thursday night, the first time the school has played a game on November 14 since the crash.

And to honor the 75 people lost in that crash, the Herd will wear a commemorative decal on their helmets for the game.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said. “The nation is certainly familiar with our Marshall story, the tragic crash, the loss of life. It’s a large part of our fabric.

“We will never forget those 75 players, coaches, staffers and devoted supporters at Marshall, but we wanted to remind as many people everywhere we could of the roots of the emotion and devotion with which our student-athletes compete.” 

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