The 15 Marines and a Navy sailor killed in a military plane crash earlier this week in Mississippi came from around the country. Six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Nine were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, home of a Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said the final set of remains was recovered Thursday from a farm field where the KC-130 crashed Monday. Most of the remains have since been flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where military officials say they will be processed by Air Force mortuary personnel and then released to their grieving families.
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Here are brief portraits of some of the victims:
Sgt. Chad Jenson from Redondo Beach, California, was remembered by high school teammates as a selfless center on a championship high school football team whose commitment ultimately powered him into the Marines’ elite 2nd Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune.
Kyle Demarco, the quarterback for the Mira Costa High School championship team, told…
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