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The tweet refers to the crash that killed most of the Thundering Herd football team from West Virginia's Marshall University on Nov. 14, 1970. The plane crash, which killed all 75 people on board, left the Marshall community and surrounding area in mourning.

West Virginia's other Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: EPA aims to work more closely with industry Overnight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Lawmakers try again on miners’ pension bill MORE (D) also tweeted about Marshall later in the day.

The story of the community's recovery and rebuilding of the football program also became a movie titled "We Are Marshall" in 2006, directed by McG and starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox.

Updated at 3:14 p.m.