» This Story:Read +| Comments

Hundreds Mourn Death of General, Wife in Metro Crash

Video
Family, friends and members of the military gathered on Monday at a memorial service for Major General David F. Wherley and Anne Wherley, two of the victims of the recent Metro train crash.
Discussion Policy
Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 29, 2009; 9:21 PM

More than 500 men and women in uniform gathered at the D.C. Armory Monday night for a memorial service honoring the former commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, who died in the Metro train crash last week.

This Story
View All Items in This Story
View Only Top Items in This Story

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.-Dem.) sparked laughter as she commented on the closeness of Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr. and his wife, Ann. Both died June 29 aboard Metro's Red Line.

"They did just about everything together except command the D.C. National Guard," Norton told the crowd. Wherley and Ann, a former mortgage broker, would have celebrated their 40th anniversary in less than a month. Both were 62.

Along with several members of the city council, Norton praised Wherley for being active in the community. Among other things, Wherley has been praised for helping to create educational programs for high school dropouts.

"There is an emptiness tonight in our hearts for those of us who wear this uniform," said Craig McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Senior Master Sgt. Lynne Morrison, who worked as a weather forecaster with Wherley, called him "a good commander. You could tell that he really cared about his folks."

Commissioned as an Air Force officer in 1969, Wherley rose to become a fighter pilot and commander of the 113th Fighter Wing at Andrews Air Force Base. He also gave the order to scramble planes over Washington on Sept. 11, 2001.

Washington Post staff writer Timothy Wilson contributed to this report.



» This Story:Read +| Comments

More in the D.C. Section

Fixing D.C. Schools

Fixing D.C. Schools

The Washington Post investigates the state of the schools and the lessons of failed and successful reforms.

Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods

Use Neighborhoods to learn about Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia communities.

Top High Schools

Top High Schools

Jay Mathews identifies the nation's most challenging high schools and explains why they're best.

FOLLOW METRO ON:
Facebook Twitter RSS
|
GET LOCAL ALERTS:
© 2009 The Washington Post Company