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This is the scene of the crash that took the lives of Buddy, Richie, Big Bopper and their pilot on February 3, 1959 in Albert Juhl’s corn field about fifteen miles northwest of Mason City in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. To read more about these musicians and other crash victims please visit:

  
Airplane Crash Page in Fuller Up, Dead Musician Directory

Remembering Buddy: The Definitive Biography of Buddy Holly by John Goldrosen, John Beecher (Contributor)

Behind the Music: The Day the Music Died by Martin Huxley, Quinton Skinner --(Buddy Holly book)

The Day the Music Died: The Last Tour of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens --by Larry Lehmer

 

"The wreckage lay about 1/2 mile west from the farm home's of the Albert Juhl's and the Delbert Juhl's. The main part of the plane lay against the barbed wire fence at the north end of the stubble fields in which it came to earth. It had skidded and/or rolled approximately 570 feet from point of impact directed northwesterly. The shape of the mass of wreckage approximated a ball with one wing sticking up diagonally from one side.  
             
The body of Roger Peterson was enclosed by wreckage with only the legs visible sticking upwards. Richard Valenzuela's body was south, lying prone, head directed south 17 feet from the wreckage. Charles Holley's body, also in the prone position, was lying southwest, head directed southwest, 17 feet from the wreckage. J.P. Richardson's body, lying partly prone and partly on the right side, was northwest of the wreckage, head directed south 40 feet from the wreckage, across the fence in a cornfield. Fine snow fell lightly after the crash had drifted slightly about the bodies and wreckage. Some parts of each body had been frozen by ten hours' exposure in temperature reported to have been near 18 degrees during that time. 
 
Amongst the wreckage was a large brown leather suitcase with one catch open, lay near one leg of Charles Holley, and about 8 feet north of the same body lay a travel case with brown leather ends, and sides of a light plaid color. A Deputy Sheriff inspecting the ground near the wreckage discovered a billfold containing the name of Tommy Douglas Allsup and a leather pocket case marked with the name "Ritchie Valens." 
 
On Friday Feb 6, 1959, Roger Peterson was buried in the 
Buena Vista Memorial Cemetery, in his hometown of Alta. 
Richardson's wake was held in the Broussard's Funeral Home, in Beaumont, and he was buried in Beaumont, Texas.  Private Soldier Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker sent yellow roses to his funeral. 

On Saturday the 7th, Ritchie Valens' body was taken from the Noble Chapel Funeral Home in the San Fernando Valley, to San Fernando Mission Cemetery. His body was driven in a copper colored hearse. 

Buddy was also buried on the 7th. Services were held in 
Lubbock, Texas, at the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Over a 
thousand mourners attended the service, but his widow did not. She later lost the baby. 

In 1988, Buddy fan Ken Paquette built a monument to the 
singers, from stainless steel, and placed it at the crash site. The current owners of the land also planted 4 trees in memory of the victims, but they all died.  ~Find a Death
~visitor comment: Visited it on 2/19/02. The four trees have not died as per your website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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