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Pilot killed in B-52 crash had ties to N.C.

Posted July 24, 2008 4:51 p.m. EDT

— One of the six crew members killed in a B-52 bomber that crashed off Guam Monday had close ties to Fayetteville.

Capt. Michael Dodson's wife, Sheryl, was a Pine Forest High School graduate. She and her mother talked to WRAL News Thursday from Louisiana's Barksdale Air Force base, where they will attend a memorial service for Dodson and the rest of the crew.

The Dodsons were stationed at Pope Air Force for five years and had purchased land in Fayetteville to build their retirement home.

Dodson was the co-pilot on the flight. Also killed in the crash were: Maj. Christopher M. Cooper, 33, aircraft commander; Maj. Brent D. Williams, 37, navigator; 1st Lt. Joshua D. Shepherd, 25, navigator; 1st Lt. Robert D. Gerren, 32, electronic warfare officer; and Col. George Martin, 51, flight surgeon.

A panel of Air Force officers is investigating the crash.