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Neal honors veterans at the National World War II Memorial

June 14, 2006
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal took part in a special ceremonytoday at the National World War II Memorial in Washington to honor 40 American servicemen killed 63 years ago today in a plane crash at Baker'sCreek, Australia. A memorial marker in tribute to the fallen soldiers, whichis expected to placed at Arlington National Cemetery, was unveiled at this morning's event. The accident remains the largest aviation accident inAustralian history, and it was the worst allied airplane crash in the
Pacific Theatre of WWII.

Springfield native Samuel Cutler, a US Army Air Force Captain who passed away in 1990, was the officer of the day on June 14, 1943, and was the last to see the crew alive. His account of the Baker's Creek Crash inspired his son Robert to begin a 16 year effort to find out what really happened in Australia 60 years ago.

Thanks to Robert Cutler and others, the story of the men of Baker Creek is finally being told, and a new chapter of history is being written.

Download a copy of Congressman Neal's remarks here.

Download a press release from today's event here.

Download a PDF of photos and more information  here.