Medley, John Marion (P3, C1, L31)
Master Sergeant John M. Medley, 38, of Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, perished on 6 February 1992 in Evansville, Indiana when a Kentucky Air National Guard Lockheed C-130B crashed during a training flight. Medley was employed by Kroger.
At 9:53 a.m., 6 February 1992, a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130B military transport plane crashed at the site of a hotel and restaurant complex, located at U.S. Highway 41 and Lynch Road, less than one mile south of the Evansville Dress Regional Airport while performing routine pilot proficiency exercises. The crew consisted of an experienced instructor pilot, two co-pilots, a flight engineer, and a loadmaster. The crash and resulting fire killed all five crew members and 11 civilians on the ground – nine in the hotel and two in the adjacent restaurant. In addition to those who died at the scene, one of the emergency responders, an Evansville Police Officer, died 24 February, as a result of injuries he sustained working at the crash site.
The other members of the Kentucky Air National Guard crew killed in the crash were: Master Sergeant William G. Hawkins, Captain Warren J. Klingaman, Major Richard A. Strang and Second Lieutenant Vincent D. Yancar.
The civilian casualties in the incident were: Darrel D. Arnold; Charles R. Berqwitz; Robert A. Hayes; David W. Horton; Ronnie E. Keown; Matthew J. Prasek; Thomas R. Ruby; John R. Stallings; Harry M. Tenbarge; Matthew Phipps; Lynette Scott and James Gibson, Jr.
In September 2010 a drop zone on Fort Knox was named in his honor - Medley DZ.