Twenty-five years ago, on April 19, 1995, a massive bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people, including two former Southeast Arkansas men who worked in the building.
John C. Moss, III
John C. Moss, III, a 50-year-old native of Warren, was one of the 168 people who died in the bombing. He was the chief of public affairs in the Army recruiting office on the fourth floor of the Murrah Building.
Moss was a civilian employee for the Army for 16 years. He was a 1961 graduate of Warren High School where he played football before serving in Vietnam as a Marine. While in Vietnam, he was burned when a fuel tank exploded. Briefly, Moss was high school English teacher before his employment with the Army.
The City of Warren dedicated a street, John C. Moss Street, in his memory.
Larry L. Turner
Larry L. Turner, a 43-year-old native of Monticello, was also killed in the bombing. He was a special agent with the Department of Defense Investigative Services. Turner’s office was on the third floor of the Murrah Building.
A former Oklahoma State Trooper, Turner was a 1981 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. He joined the Defense Investigative Services as a special agent in 1986.
Turner, a musician who played clarinet in the St. John Baptist Church orchestra, also enjoyed playing tennis, racquetball and golf. He was married for 22 years and had two children and a grandchild at the time of his death.
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh, a former U.S. Army solider who served during the first Gulf War, parked a truck containing a massive bomb in front of the Murrah Building. The bomb exploded at 9:02 a.m.
McVeigh was convicted and sentenced to death. His accomplice, Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison. McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001.
The bombing was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks, and remains the worst committed by an American on American soil.