On July 10, 2017, I had to inform you of a Marine Corps KC-130 that went down in a Mississippi soybean field killing 16 of our nations finest.
No one knows exactly why as of yet, but the last time the KC-130 was heard from by Air Traffic Controllers, the four-engine propeller-driven aircraft was cruising along at 20,000 feet and no problems were reported.
The next time the aircraft was spotted it was in a spiral dive straight down and slammed into the Mississippi soybean field exploding up into a ball of flames.
There were no survivors and the deceased accounted for 15 United States Marines and 1 Sailor.
Six of the Marines and the sailor were from the Marine Corps elite Raider Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. For the civilians who may not be aware, the sailor was no ordinary sailor, he was a Navy Corpsman assigned to the Raider Battalion. These Navy Corpsman who volunteer to be assigned to Marine Corps units are a special breed and held in high esteem by all Marines. It is no easy job keeping Marines patched up and they deserve special recognition.
The other 9 Marines were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, home of a Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron.
Below is a tribute video released by the Marine Corps and directly under that is footage taken by someone of the crash scene. Please take a minute to watch the tribute… We should never forget the sacrifice of these men…
SemperFi, Marines… Say hello to Chesty and take you post on Heavens Gates!