Names released of 16 servicemen killed in plane crash
By Jennifer Cruz
Witnesses described the crash as sounding like a thunderstorm with several explosions. (Photo: Associated Press)
Officials on Friday released the names of the 16 service members killed in a plane crash in rural Mississippi last week.
Authorities are still working to determine what caused the fiery crash, but previously confirmed all of those aboard the KC-130 perished. The Department of Defense also released a tribute video over the weekend to honor the fallen Marines and Navy corpsman.
The deceased service members were identified by the United States Marine Corps as Maj. Caine M. Goyette; Capt. Sean E. Elliott; Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins; Gunnery Sgt. Brendan C. Johnson; Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Snowden; Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne; Sgt. Owen J. Lennon; Cpl. Daniel I. Baldassare; Cpl. Collin J. Schaaff; Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox; Staff Sgt. William J. Kundrat; Sgt. Chad E. Jenson; Sgt. Talon R. Leach; Sgt. Joseph J. Murray; Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman; and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan M. Lohrey.
Snowden was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.
The names of the 16 servicemen killed in last week’s crash were identified Friday. (Photo: United States Marines Corps)
According to a statement from Brig. Gen. Bradley S. James, commanding general, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, air