WATERFORD — A Marine Corps Reserve major from Waterford was among the 16 people killed when a KC-130 crashed Monday in Mississippi.
Maj. Caine Goyette, 41, served as a KC-130 commander with the Marine Aircraft Group based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. The plane was flying from North Carolina to California when it suffered a mid-air emergency and crashed in rural Mississippi, killing everybody aboard, according to military officials. The cause of the crash was still under investigation.
“The entire Waterford community mourns the tragic loss of Maj. Caine M. Goyette, along with the 15 other service members lost,” said Waterford Town Supervisor John E. Lawler. “Major Goyette was a native of Waterford and attended Waterford-Halfmoon schools. A loss such as this serves as a reminder of all the men and women who are risking their lives in service to our country every day, and it is especially sobering when the loss touches close to home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.”
The Marine Corps released the names of all those lost in the crash on Friday. Goyette was the only one with a local connection.
“My thoughts and prayers, and those of countless neighbors, friends and loved ones whom Caine served in life, are with his family at this difficult time,” said U.S. Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-Amsterdam. “His service and sacrifice for our nation will endure as a testament to Amerca’s highest ideals.”
Goyette joined the Marine Corps on Dec. 5, 1994, the same year he graduated from Waterford-Halfmoon High School. Daily Gazette archives show he graduated from Rensselaer…
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