[July 17]
1953

On July 17, 11 Rice NROTC midshipmen and 30 others die when the plane carrying the men from Pensacola to Norfolk smashes into a row of trees seconds after takeoff. Incredibly, 6 men survive. Houston lowers city flags to half-staff, and Rice remembers the loss of its friends and classmates at a memorial service on November 18.

During its 50th reunion, the Class of 1955 places a plaque in the Rice Memorial Center to commemorate the terrible day.

 
"Rice's Most Tragic Day," The Cornerstone Fall 2006 Col 11, No 3
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