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U.S. Air Force Airman Second Class Roy Lee Hursey poses for an official photo circa 1961. Hursey lost his life in the line of duty after a KC-135 Stratotanker crashed into the guard post he was manning shortly after takeoff.  

(U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) 
A Final Farewell: The Untold Story Behind Hursey Gate
Having recently arrived on Eielson Air Force Base, I was curious about the story behind Hursey Gate. I drive in and out of this gate every morning, but I knew only scant details about its namesake. I wanted to know more. After speaking to the Airmen who were there 54 years ago, as well as researching decades-old newspaper accounts, what follows is a faithful retelling of the events that transpired on that tragic night.
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