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Navy wife revisits 1967 plane crash that killed six airmen

6:29 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Shelia White Moore made the trip from the West Coast to remember and visit the Intracoastal Waterway that holds special memories for her.

On Sept. 27, 1967 two Navy planes collided and crashed on a small island. Charles Michael McLarty one of the six victims killed.  McLarty was Moore's husband.

"We met, three months later got engaged. Three months later got married. Three months later he was killed in a mid air collision," said Moore.

She set foot on the island for the first time Tuesday and was accompanied by family who brought boots so they could walk on the island and flowers to leave behind.

"It never occurred to me that I could go there and I really want to," said Moore as she boarded an air boat for the three minute trip by water.

"I hate the word closure," said Moore as she left land being told she might find some wreckage from the Navy plane crash.

Moore wasn't sure what she would find on that island where trees still carry scars from the crash. 

"I don't know, spirit, Mac's spirit," said Moore. 

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