Garland Claude Van Meter
M-Sgt. Garland Claude Van Meter, formerly of Bartlesville,
was killed when an Air Force transport crashed in a muddy field near Belton, Mo.
Tuesday after its takeoff from Richards Gebaur Air Force Base.
Van Meter along with six other crewman on the C-124
Globemaster was killed. The plane
broke apart on impact. The plane
was en route to Charlestown, SC., to deliver an engine.
Three minutes after the plane took off the pilot radioed that one of his
four engines had failed and he was operating under emergency conditions.
The huge craft plowed into the field five minutes after the
radio message as it was making it final approach for landing at the base.
It barely missed homes at Belton, 42 miles south of the
base and 25 miles south of Kansas City. Van
Meter and his wife, Lorene, lived at Belton.
The craft hit the ground nose first and was headed directly
for a group of homes when it plowed into the mud. There was no fire and all seven bodies were found inside the
Van Meter is a graduate of College High School, his
brother-in-law, Joe Poling, 102 S. Adaline, said the body is being returned to
Bartlesville and funeral service arrangements will be announced by the Arnold
Moore Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Lorene; two brothers, Donald Dean Van Meter, of Texas and Billy Van Meter of Norman and his mother living in Fairfax. His father, Claude, died several years ago.
From Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise - December 20, 1961.
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