A memorial to the pilot & navigator who died here. The Grumman A-6 Intruder Bomber plane wreck is located in the remote open desert near Christmas Valley, Oregon. The cause of the accident remains unknown as no one witnessed it, but from the landscape, the plane itself broke apart w/ scattered debris spanning an area over 3/4 mile in length. The cockpit is located in the background about 0.2 mile away. Nearby is also the remains of a P-38 lightning airplane wreck from 1945. A metal plaque installed by BLM is located at the tail & reads:
A-6 Pilot LT Alan G. Koehler and Navigator LCDR Philip D. DuHamel
On September 19, 1973, A-6 Intruder Pilot Lieutenant Alan G. Koehler, age 27, and Navigator Lieutenant Commander Philip D. duHamel, age 33, were on a low level night training mission out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington when their plane crashed at this location, killing both men. The debris of the A-6 is left as a tribute and memorial to Lieutenent Koehler and Lieutenant Commander duHamel who perished in the service of their country.
The remains of the plane are a historic site and should not be removed or defaced. Please respect the memory and sacrifice of these men.
For further information, please contact the Lakeview Office of the Bureau of Land Management, United States Department of the Interior.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.