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Palm Sunday Tornadoes: Readers share their memories

Today is the 49th anniversary of the Palm Sunday Tornadoes, and locals have taken to social media to tell terrifying tales about surviving the storm. Read them here, and share yours with us in the comments section below the story.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

If you'd like to share your story about the Palm Sunday Tornadoes, leave it in the comments section below.

 

"This is the day that I pay special tribute to my Grandpa. This day in 1965 my parents were still in the dating phase of their relationship. On the this particular Sunday they were at the Midway trailer park playing cards with their friends. Meanwhile, my Grandpa was keeping a watchful eye on the storm that was approaching with fury.

He recalled there was something about this storm coming that just didn't set well with him. Concerned, he called over to the trailer to tell my dad to come home to safe shelter because he said the storm was really getting bad. My dad refused his request and continued visiting with friends. At that time, the Tornado Warning was issued and now it was confirmed what my Grandpa had suspected ,this storm was as bad as he feared.

My Grandpa got in his car and sped from Bristol to Dunlap to get my future parents. He literally had to pull them both out forcefully from the doomed trailer and ushered them in the car. He recalled on the way back to the car the sky was "boiling mad" as he called it. He got in the car and floored the accelerator of his 1960 Ford out of the park and onto US 33 without looking for traffic. 45 seconds later, my grandpa looked in the rear view mirror and seen the now infamous tornado crossing 33 and consuming the trailer park. The trailer where my parents were at was destroyed and the remaining people that stayed inside perished.

Everyone arrived home safe and sound and I always visit my Grandapas resting place every April 11 to thank him for heroically saving my parents." – CountrySquire73

 

"I was 7. My dad was an Elkhart city firefighter. He was called into work that day. I remember him telling me about a house that was completely gone except for a TV that still had piles of kid's lunch money sitting on top of it." – Denise Hanover Harvell

 

"I have none. Was not even a sparkle in my parents eyes. I do remember my grandmother and mother discussing it. Their most vivid memory was the surreal green the sky and everything turned and the eerie silence. Mom stepped on a nail aftwerward and it went clean through her foot. Pulled it out herself. My grandma was a severe worrier all her life after the whole thing. We were in the basement, squatting in a tornado drill position if someone even mentioned the word tornado." – Laura Wooley

 

"i was about 9 . we were at mt grandmas on.mishawaka rd. she had an outdoor cellat. she my parents wrapped us 4 kids in old burlap potato sacks and sang Onward Chritian Sildiers. i was sure we were gonna die. my dad opened the door at one point and you could see it just above the trees. we all made it." – Debra Stoffer

 

"I was 4 in that tornado i can remember seening all the dead bodies and we were scared" – Darlene Amerson

 

"I remember that Sunday early evening well. Going to the basement my dad standing outside on the patio watching it. Just living a few blocks from Mishawaka Rd we had quite a bit of debris in our yard." – Sandy Payne-Davis Sharp

 

"I remember this like it was yesterday. Came so close to my house. Not knowing the damage at the time, I remember running outdoors and getting hail the size of baseballs! My brother, who was in the National Guard was called out because of all the looting. I had friends who lost houses, and others who lost their lives. Never take a tornado warning for granted." – Linda Vore

 

"Right in my current neighborhood now. My dad told me stories growing up about him being a scout and helping with the search/clean up when he was a young boy." – Erin Libey

 

"I lost my great Aunt Lois Peffley after the tornados. She is missed so much." – Diane Jackson

 


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