Memorial Service Held for F-15 Pilot Who Died in Fighter Jet CrashLONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — A memorial service was held in memory of Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr.
The service took place at Longmeadow Town Green on Saturday evening. At least 200 people were in attendance.
“On Thursday afternoon, I had to do what was by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said 104th Fighter Wing Commander Alex Haldopoulos.
Haldopoulos had to be the one to tell Kara Fontenot that her husband did not eject from his F-15c plane.
“My husband died doing what he loved. Serving his country, flying F-15, and what he loved even more…was being apart of a band of brothers,” said Fontenot.
An American Flag hung down over framed pictures of Fontenot.
Today was Kara Fonteno’s 40th birthday. This morning, she was the one who learned the true meaning of brotherhood.
“Before my husband died, he had casually mentioned to one of our friends that he wanted to plant 40 rose bushes for my 40th birthday,” Fonteno said. “When I got home at 1pm, these fine gentlemen from Barnes Air Force Base had re-landscaped my entire yard. These gentlemen planted 40 rose bushes for my husband.”
Lt. Col. Fontenot Jr. was killed tragically after losing radio communication at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. He had reported an in-flight emergency just prior. The aircraft was on its way to Naval Air Station New Orleans for a modification to its radar system.
Friends remembered the hero as one of the most respected fighter pilots in America.