Photos released of 15 Marines, sailor killed in military plane crash

- The Marine Forces Reserve has released the identities and photographs of 16 military personnel who were killed in a plane crash in Mississippi this week.

The military plane, a KC-130, was traveling from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina when it spiraled into a soybean field about 4 p.m. Monday, spreading debris for miles and resulting in fiery wreckage that burned for hours.

While the KC-130 refueling tanker took off from Cherry Point, the plane was under the command of the 4th Marine Air Wing, which is part of the Marine Forces Reserve headquartered in New Orleans.

Fifteen Marines died in the plane crash. The other victim was a Navy Corpsman. 

Seven of those killed were based at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in eastern North Carolina. They included six marines and one sailor. 
 
Monday's crash was the deadliest Marine crash in more than a decade.
 
 
 
 
LIST OF THE DECEASED: 

Full name: Caine M. Goyette

Pay entry base date: Dec. 5, 1994

Rank and date of rank: Major/Nov. 1, 2012

Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW

Military Occupational Specialty: 7557, KC-130 Aircraft Commander

Deployment dates and locations: Operation Enduring Freedom, September 2005

Special Purpose MAGTF-12, Dec. 2011 to April 2012; SPMAGTF-12, June 2012 to July 2012; Operation Enduring Freedom 14.1 Transition, June 2014

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Letter of Appreciation, Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award)

Full name: Sean E. Elliott

Pay entry base date: May 4, 2009

Rank and date of rank: Captain/Oct. 1, 2013

Home of record: Orange, California

Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW

Military Occupational Specialty: 7557, KC-130 Aircraft Commander

Deployment dates and locations: WesPac16, August 2016 to February 2017

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2), Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal National Defense Service Medal, Letter of Appreciation (2)

Full name: Mark A. Hopkins

Pay entry base date: Sept. 4, 2001

Rank and date of rank: Gunnery Sergeant/May 1, 2014

Home of record: Chesapeake, Virginia

Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW

Military Occupational Specialty: 7372, Tactical Systems Operator/Mission Specialist

Deployment dates and locations:  Contingency Operations ISO JTF -536/Humanitarian Mission, January 2005; Operation Enduring Freedom, August 2005 to September 2005; Operation Enduring Freedom 141, May to June 2014; Operation Enduring Freedom 142, July to August 2001

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (5); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4); Humanitarian Service Medal (4); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Letter of Appreciation; Certificate of Appreciation

Full name: Brendan C. Johnson

Pay entry base date: Sept. 26, 1994

Rank and date of rank: Gunnery Sergeant/April 1, 2010

Home of record: Chittenden, Vermont

Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW

Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Deployment dates and locations:  Operation Enduring Freedom Southwest Asia, July 2002 to November 2002; Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom Southwest Asia, May 2003 to July 2003

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Reserve

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3); Air Medal-Strike/Flight; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (4); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2); Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (3); Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2); Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal (2); Armed Forces Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3); Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2);  Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award); Letter of Appreciation (5)

Full name: Joshua M. Snowden

Pay entry base date: July 19, 2004

Rank and date of rank: Staff Sergeant/July 10, 2017

Home of record: Dallas, Texas

Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW

Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Deployment dates and locations:  Operation Enduring Freedom 14.1 Transition, June 2014; Operation Enduring Freedom 14.2 Transition, July 2014 to August 2014; Special Purpose MAGTF, October 2014 to January 2015

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Reserve

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Medal-Strike/Flight, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (3), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award); Letter of Appreciation (2)

Full name: Julian M. Kevianne  

Pay entry base date: Dec. 1, 2009

Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/April 1, 2015

Home of record: Dallas, Texas

Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW

Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Deployment dates and locations:  Operation Enduring Freedom 12.2, November 2012 to March 2013

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Reserve

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (2); Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Letter of Appreciation (6); Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award)

Full name: Owen J. Lennon  

Pay entry base date: Oct. 12, 2010

Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Jan. 1, 2015

Home of record: Rockland, New York

Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW

Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Deployment dates and locations:  Operation Enduring Freedom 12.2, November 2012 to March 2013

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Reserve

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (1); Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award); Meritorious Mast (2); Letter of Appreciation (3); Certificate of Appreciation

Full name: Daniel I. Baldassare  

Pay entry base date: Sept. 14, 2015

Rank and date of rank: Corporal/June 1, 2017

Home of record: Monmouth, New Jersey

Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW

Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Deployment dates and locations:  None

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal

Full name: Collin J. Schaaff  

Pay entry base date: Aug. 26, 2013

Rank and date of rank: Corporal/Dec. 1, 2015

Home of record: Pierce, Washington

Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW

Military Occupational Specialty: 6531, Aircraft Ordnance Technician

Deployment dates and locations:  None

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Letter of Appreciation (2); Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award)

Full name: Robert H. Cox  

Pay entry base date: July 23, 2007

Rank and date of rank: Staff Sergeant/Oct. 1, 2016

Home of record: Ventura, California

Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command

Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Deployment dates and locations:  Operation Iraqi Freedom 9.1, March 2009 to June 2009; Operation Iraqi Freedom 9.2, July 2009 to January 2010; Operation Enduring Freedom, May 2011 to December 2011; Operation Inherent Resolve, January 2016 to July 2016

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2); Combat Action Ribbon; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (1); Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2); Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy Unit Commendation Medal; NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan; Letter of Appreciation

Full name: William J. Kundrat  

Pay entry base date: July 30, 2002

Rank and date of rank: Staff Sergeant/Jan. 1, 2011

Home of record: Frederick, Maryland

Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command

Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Deployment dates and locations:  Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 2003 to June 2003; Operation Iraqi Freedom 4-6, September 2005 to February 2006; Operation Iraqi Freedom 5-7, February 2006 to April 2006; Deployed to Senegal, April 2010 to May 2010; Operation Inherent Resolve, December 2015 to June 2016

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4); Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (4); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3); Iraq Campaign Medal (5); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2);  Navy Unit Commendation Medal; Presidential Unit Citation-Navy; NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan; Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award) (2)

Full name: Chad E. Jenson  

Pay entry base date: Sept. 13, 2010

Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Oct. 1, 2014

Home of record: Los Angeles, California

Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command

Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Deployment dates and locations:  None

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation;  Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award) (2); Letter of Appreciation (3); Meritorious Mast (2)

Full name: Talon R. Leach  

Pay entry base date: Jan. 5, 2010

Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Sept. 1, 2013

Home of record: Callaway, Missouri

Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command

Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Deployment dates and locations:  Operation Inherent Resolve, December 2015 to July 2016

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (2); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation;  Certificate of 
Appreciation (3)

Full name: Joseph J. Murray

Pay entry base date: Aug. 31, 2009

Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Aug. 1, 2014

Home of record: Duval, Florida

Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command

Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Deployment dates and locations: Operation Enduring Freedom, September 2010 to March 2011; Operation Enduring Freedom, January 2012 to July 2012

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3); Combat Action Ribbon; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (2); Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Unit Commendation; NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan; Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award); Meritorious Mast

Full name: Dietrich A. Schmieman

Pay entry base date: Sept. 20, 2010

Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Jan. 1, 2014

Home of record: Benton, Washington

Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command

Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Deployment dates and locations: Operation Enduring Freedom, September 2010 to March 2011; Operation Enduring Freedom, January 2012 to July 2012

Current duty status (SMCR, Active duty, etc): Active Duty

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2); Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (2); Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation; Certificate of Appreciation; Letter of Appreciation (3)

Full name: Ryan M. Lohrey

Pay entry base date:  Sept. 26, 2007

Rank and date of rank: Petty Officer 2nd Class/ Dec. 16, 2012

Home of record:   Middletown, IN

Present Duty Station:   2d Marine Raider Battalion, MARSOC

Military Occupational Specialty:  Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman

Deployment dates and locations: Operation Enduring Freedom, October 2010 to May 2011; Operation Inherent Resolve, July 2016 to January 2017.

Awards and decorations with (# of each award): Purple Heart; Combat Action Ribbon (2); Good Conduct Medal (3); Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2); Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal; NATO Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon; Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon

 

 

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