Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after ‘64 quake

  • This photo provided by Kenneth Ayers Jr. shows his father, Kenneth Ayers Sr. in his Air Force graduation photo in 1956. The elder Ayers and three other Alaska Air National Guard members died in a plane crash following the 1964 earthquake. A memorial will be unveiled Saturday, June 23, 1964, honoring the four men killed in the crash when conducting a humanitarian mission following the devastating magnitude 9.2 earthquake which destroyed Valdez in March 1964. (Photo courtesy Kenneth Ayers Jr. via AP)

  • This photo provided by Kenneth Ayers Jr. and taken in 1960 shows his father, Kenneth Ayers Sr., after a successful moose hunt in Alaska. The elder Ayers and three other Alaska Air National Guard members died in a plane crash following the 1964 earthquake. A memorial will be unveiled Saturday, June 23, 1964, honoring the four men killed in the crash when conducting a humanitarian mission following the devastating magnitude 9.2 earthquake which destroyed Valdez in March 1964. (Photo courtesy Kenneth Ayers Jr. via AP)

  • This undated photo provided by the Alaska National Guard shows Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Carroll, the adjutant general who died with three other men in a plane crash near Valdez, Alaska, on April 25, 1964. On Saturday, June 23, 2018, a memorial plaque for the four men killed on the humanitarian mission will be unveiled in Valdez, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska National Guard via AP)

  • This June 2018 photo provided by Innovative Signs, Inc. in Longwood, Fla., shows a plaque that will be dedicated Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Valdez, Alaska. The memorial honors four Alaska Air National Guard members who died in a plane crash while conducting a humanitarian mission following the devastating magnitude 9.2 earthquake, which destroyed Valdez in March 1964. (Photo courtesy Innovate Signs, Inc. via AP)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins.

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