The Marine Corps on Friday recognized the misplaced pilots and different service members from Wednesday’s MV-22B Osprey crash.
All 5 had been from Camp Pendleton, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadron 364, Marine Plane Group (MAG) 39, third Marine Plane Wing (MAW).
The lifeless embrace a pilot, Capt. John J. Sax, 33, an MV-22B pilot from Placer, exterior Sacramento. He was a Marine for practically six years, and acquired private awards, together with the Nationwide Protection Service Medal and the International Battle on Terrorism Service Medal.
The others are:
- Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Unwell., a Tiltrotor Crew Chief, a Marine for 3 years who acquired the Nationwide Protection Service Medal, International Battle on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, International Battle on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
- Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, N.H., an MV-22B Pilot and a Marine for practically 9 years. His private awards embrace the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Nationwide Protection Service Medal and the International Battle on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
- Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyo., a Tiltrotor Crew Chief and a Marine for 3 years. His awards embrace the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Nationwide Protection Service Medal and International Battle on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
- Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, N.M., a Tiltrotor Crew Chief, a Marine for 19 months. He acquired the Nationwide Protection Service Medal and International Battle on Terrorism Service Medal.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we mourn the lack of 5 Marines from the Purple Fox household,” stated Lt. Col. John C. Miller, commanding officer of VMM-364. “That is an especially tough time for VMM-364 and it’s onerous to precise the affect that this loss has had on our squadron and its households.”
Miller stated the “main mission now’s taking good care of the relations of our fallen Marines,” whereas requesting privateness for his or her households.
“We recognize all of the prayers and assist from the sturdy prolonged Purple Fox household and wish them to know that extra info can be forthcoming on methods to assist,” he added.
On the time of the crash, close to the border, the MV-22B Osprey and crew had been conducting routine flight coaching in Imperial County. The incident stays beneath investigation.