- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) - A New York group is leading a hike to the site on a Hudson Valley mountain where a U.S. military plane crashed 70 years ago, killing a highly-decorated World War II hero and the five other Navy men on board.

The Friends of the Mountain Beacon Six will hike Saturday to the spot on Mount Beacon where a twin-engine transport plane crashed in November 1945 while en route to Rhode Island.

Among those killed was Commodore Dixie Kiefer, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate from Lincoln, Nebraska. Kiefer was wounded during the 1942 Battle of Midway and again in 1945 when Japanese kamikaze planes hit the USS Ticonderoga. His military awards included the Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Medal and Silver Star.

The Mount Beacon group is planning to hold a 70th anniversary ceremony in November.

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