Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Twin Tornado

Fifty years after the 1965 Palm Sunday tornadoes, The Elkhart Truth shares the astonishing stories of the people who survived the storm.

Ken Fox

Posted at 10:15 p.m.

When the Palm Sunday tornadoes swept through Elkhart County on April 11, 1965, EMT Gene Coney was one of the first to respond to Midway Trailer Park. 

Sarah Welliver

Posted at 10:15 p.m.
Palm Sunday Tornado Survivor 7

Becky Spradlin-Lawrence was just 5 years old when she lost six family members on Palm Sunday 1965. Since then, she’s coped with the loss and found faith and strength in her survival.

Ken Fox

Posted at 10:15 p.m.
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We dug through The Elkhart Truth’s archives for photos from the April 11, 1965, Palm Sunday tornadoes. Take a look at them here, as well as pictures submitted by readers.

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