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Four Marines identified from KC-130 crash

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Four of the Marines have been identified among the sixteen killed in the military transport plane crash in Mississippi by family members.

The four identified were reportedly based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York: Dan Baldassare (20), Sgt. Julian Kevianne, Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson and Staff Sgt. Joshua Snowden (31), according to the Daily Mail.

Dan Baldassare
20-year-old Dan Baldassare is described by friends as a ‘patriot’ and hailed from Colts Neck, New Jersey.

 

Sgt Julian Kevianne
Sgt Julian Kevianne became a Marine in 2009 and hails from Detroit, Michigan and was a former C-130 Crewmaster for the Marine Corps, according to his Facebook profile.

 

SSgt Joshua Snowden
31-year-old Staff Sgt. Joshua Snowden hailed from Dallas, Texas. His family told the Daily News that he was the flight engineer on the KC-130 that crashed.

 

Gunnery Sgt Brendan Johnson
Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson’s family told the Daily News that he joined the Marines after graduating from college. He was set to retire next year and was looking forward to retirement.

 

General Robert Neller, the Commandant of the Marine Corps expressed his condolences yesterday, “On behalf of the entire Marine Corps, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the aircraft mishap yesterday afternoon in Mississippi. Please keep the families of our 16 fallen service members in your thoughts and prayers. Our focus remains on notifying and supporting the families while we conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of this tragedy.”

President Donald Trump tweeted condolences as well, writing, “Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!”

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

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