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    Navy Ensign Zachary Ryan Eckhart, 25, of Orefield, was one of four military men aboard a T-39N Sabreliner Navy jet killed when the plane crashed on April 12 in a dense Georgia forest. The bodies of all four crew members were recovered, according to a Navy spokesman.

  • John Spink/Atlanta Journal Constitution The Fannin County coroner pulls up to a gated driveway located in the 2000 block of Star Creek Road where Fannin County Sheriff deputies posted guard before a recovery operation for the military men aboard a U.S. Navy jet that crashed in north Georgia on April 12, killing Navy Ensign Zachary Eckhart and three others.

    Lt. j.g. Andrew Myers, U.S. Navy, an alumnus of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2007 shared his thoughts, “Zach Eckhart was a truly great friend, and one who will be sorely missed. I fondly remember band practices and performances in the Highty-Tighties, as well as uniform inspections and drill in Navy ROTC. After graduation we were lucky enough to have a small group of Hokies in flight training in Pensacola, Fla. This large family that we all become a part of the day that we stepped foot onto campus, will always be a part of us. It allows us to come together, support each other, and celebrate the life of a fond shipmate, bud, and brother.”

  • United States Navy Ensign Zachary Eckhart, a 2007 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and a 2008 graduate of Virginia Tech, was killed late Monday afternoon in the crash of his T-39 training aircraft in Georgia. He was 25.

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Ens. Zachary Ryan Eckhart, 25, of Orefield, Pa., flew his final flight as a Naval Flight Officer on April 12, 2010, when his training jet crashed in northern Georgia. He was the husband of Sarah L. Eckhart, his college sweetheart, with whom he celebrated their first anniversary this past October 11. Born in Virginia Beach, Va., on March 28, 1985, he was the son of retired Navy Commanders Brad and Joyce Eckhart. Zach was a 2003 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, Drama Club Tech crew, and the high school marching band where he was the drum major in his senior year. He was also very active in scouting and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Zach attended Virginia Tech on a four year NROTC Scholarship. He graduated with the class of 2008 receiving his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. While there he was a member of the Corps of Cadets (VTCC) as well as the regimental band, the Highty-Tighties. During his time with VTCC he was a guidon carrier, the academic officer for both the band company and the 3rd Battalion and also a section leader. He graduated in 2007 from the Corps with a minor in Leadership studies. He lived by the motto “Deeds Not Words.” After graduation he earned a commission in the United States Navy and was accepted into the Naval Flight Officer School in Pensacola. Fla. He received his Navy Wings of Gold as a Naval Flight Officer on April 16, 2010, at Pensacola, Fla., during a memorial service held to honor him and the other three officers involved in the crash. Survivors include his beloved wife, Sarah; his parents, in Pennsylvania; sister, Megan, a senior at Virginia Tech; and aunts, uncle and other family members in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Texas. He is also survived by his in-laws, Lex and Caroline LaMotte, of Midilothian, Va.; and sistersin-law, Frances of Richmond, Va., and Emily a freshman at Virginia Tech. Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Weisenberg Lutheran Church in New Tripoli. Calling hours at the church will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services immediately following and burial in the Weisenberg Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a Scholarship in his memory at Virginia Tech Foundation, memo “Zachary Eckhart Memorial,” Virginia Tech University Development (0336), Blacksburg, Va. 24061 ATTN: Corps of Cadets.