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Staff Sergeant Marc H. Cleyman

Staff Sergeant Marc H. Cleyman

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Stationed: Hahn Air Base, Germany
Unit Assigned: 31st Weather Squadron, Hahn Air Base, West Germany
Date Fell: Wednesday, August 29th, 1990
SSgt Marc Cleyman Memorial

SSgt Cleyman is on the Sandalwood High School Fallen Soldier Monument

Ramstein C-5 Crash

Photo of the crashed C-5 looking between the wing root and the troop compartment

Purple Heart Medal

SSgt Marc H. Cleyman, age 30, meteorologist, died in a plane crash just outside of Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

He was from Hialeah, Floria, and joined the Air Force in 1981.

In the early morning hours of August 29th, 1990, a C-5 Galaxy transport took off from Ramstein Air Base in Germany in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD. It was flown by a volunteer Reserve crew from the 433rd Airlift Wing in Texas.

As the aircraft started to climb off the runway, one of the reverse thrusters suddenly engaged. This caused the aircrew of the C-5 to lose control. The aircraft nosed over, one of it's wings plowed through the woodline just beyond the base perimeter and crashed in a field beyond.

Of the 17 people onboard, only 4 survived the crash. All four were in the rear troop compartment.