- Associated Press - Saturday, November 14, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A memorial ceremony near the Hudson Valley site of a World War II-era plane crash that claimed the lives of six Navy men is set to honor the victims, including one of the most famous sailors to emerge from the fighting in the Pacific.

Saturday afternoon’s ceremony in the town of Fishkill marks 70 years since the Navy Beechcraft crashed into Mount Beacon, 60 miles north of New York City.

The twin-engine plane was headed to a Navy airfield in Rhode Island on Nov. 11, 1945, when it crashed in rainy, foggy weather.

Among the dead was Commodore Dixie Kiefer.

The Naval Academy graduate had suffered numerous wounds while serving aboard the aircraft carriers Yorktown and Ticonderoga and had been dubbed by the Navy secretary as “the indestructible man.”

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