Paying tribute

Published 10:45 am Saturday, February 18, 2012

A memorial stone for U.S. Navy airmen Jeffery Haushalter, Ronald Ritchie and David Grant, who were killed in a plane crash 40 years ago in Holland. -- SUBMITTED | GREG SOUTH

HOLLAND—Carrsville Boy Scout Troop 37 recently cleared brush and limbs at the site of a 40-year-old Navy plane crash in Holland, where three airmen died.

The troop also paid tribute to Jeffery Haushalter of Wauwatosa, Wis.; Ronald Ritchie of Virginia Beach; and David Grant of Westbury, N.Y. They cleared a path to the site, where a stone memorializes them.

The jet they were flying in crashed in a wooded area off Glen Haven Drive after the pilot made an unsuccessful attempt to return to Norfolk after learning their A-3 Skywarrior was losing fuel.

The impact from the crash created a 35-foot deep crater that was 50 feet in diameter.

The Rev. Tim Webb, a former Navy chaplain and pastor of Colosse Baptist Church, gave a prayer of remembrance during the tribute, and scouts placed a wreath on the tomb. Windsor High School Band Director Andy Micciche played “Taps.”