They lost their lives flying in a mission, but it wasn't for the armed forces or in a war, it was for NASA. We're talking about the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
The nation and Lubbock mourned the loss of seven crew members after the shuttle exploded over Texas February 1, 2003. Part of that crew were two men who once called Lubbock home -Commander Rick Husband and Pilot Willie McCool.
Commander Husband was a graduate of Texas Tech in 1980. Before being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and finally earning a spot in the NASA space program, he was part of Tech's ROTC program.
Navy Commander Willie McCool was a Lubbock Eagle Scout, a Coronado High School track star and he graduated from Coronado in 1979. Coronado commemorated McCool by renaming its track Willie McCool Track and Field. And in 2005, Huneke Park became home to a bronze statue honoring Willie McCool.
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