On June 26, relatives of 2nd Lt. William E. Herzog spent the day with members of the Milligan Memorial Committee to learn more about the midair collision that occurred on October 25, 1943. Lt. Herzog, who was training at the Fairmont Army Air Field, was the navigator of the B-24 bomber that crashed on the Hromadka and Matejka farms.
Those visiting for the day were nephew Joe Herzog and his son Joseph, great-nephew David Herzog, whose father attended the dedication last August and cousin Greg Doty.
The day’s activities included spending time at the markers and crash site, touring of the Fairmont Army Air Base, lunch in Milligan, walking through the auditorium and hearing stories about the activities and big bands that played there and viewing the Centennial Garden.
The Herzog relatives and committee members concluded the day with a visit to Shirley’s building to view the airmen window display boards and read newspaper articles about the dedication. The committee members enjoyed meeting the Herzog family members and have received word that other airmen’s relatives will be visiting the area over the next few months.