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June 1, 2008
Doerun--On June 1st 2006, four soldiers were killed when their chopper came crashing down in Colquitt County.
It was about eight in the morning that June day when that MH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in Doerun.
Five soldiers were on a training mission from Hunter Army Airfield Base in Savannah to Fort Rucker, Alabama.
The helicopter clipped a guy wire on the 1,000 foot television tower which belongs to WFXL, the Fox affiliate in Albany.
Four of the five soldiers were killed, one survivor was treated for minor injuries.
The MH-47 Chinook helicopter similar struck the wire with the rear propeller which sent it crashing into the ground below.
"I thought there was a helicopter that ran together. I didn't know it hit the tower because it was in the clouds," says Maurice Barfield of Doerun.
Barfield and others who lived near the tower were the first ones to respond.
"So we started looking to see if we could find people or whatever, to see if we could help somebody, and sure enough in about ten minutes, we found some people. Of course they were diseased," said Barfield.
The men belonged to the Third Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.
"I've never in my ten years with her heard that kind of panic in her voice," said Jody Barfield of Doerun.
Jody lives across the street from his father and remembers the call from his wife. "I knew from the get go something was wrong."
"It was unfortunate that these guys lost their lives in this situation our hearts go out to them and their families even today we remember them," said Jody Barfield of Doerun.
Six days after the crash plans were made to demolish the crippled tower, with both WFXL and WALB's tower so close they both came tumbling down.
"We hate to see it fall especially my children and all grew up here, and when you go off somewhere and you're coming back home, you say 'Hey we're not far from being home we can see the tower lights,'" said Maurice.
"It's like the identity of Doerun was gone, that was what everyone knew about Doerun was the TV towers," said Jody Barfield, Doerun.
"This is not something that you deal with daily, you know that it impresses on your mind, and you just don't forget it," said Jody Barfield.
When the towers fell about ten percent of WALB viewers lost their over the air signal.