By SDCN Editor
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA–The five Marines killed in the MV-22B Osprey training mishap on June 8 in Glamis, CA have been identified, the military said.
They were assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), and were based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton.
The identities of the Marines are:
Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois, a Tiltrotor Crew Chief.
Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire, an MV-22B Pilot.
Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming, a Tiltrotor Crew Chief.
Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California, an MV-22B Pilot.
Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico, a Tiltrotor Crew Chief.
“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of five Marines from the Purple Fox family,” said Lt. Col. John C. Miller, Commanding Officer of VMM-364. “This is an extremely difficult time for VMM-364 and it is hard to express the impact that this loss has had on our squadron and its families. Our primary mission now is taking care of the family members of our fallen Marines and we respectfully request privacy for their families as they navigate this difficult time. We appreciate all the prayers and support from the strong extended Purple Fox family and want them to know that more information will be forthcoming on how to help.”
The aircraft crash was reported around 12:25 p.m. near Glamis, an unincorporated community in Imperial County.
At the time of the mishap, the MV-22B Osprey and crew were conducting routine flight training.
The incident is currently under investigation.
Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement regarding the loss of the five Marines:
“Jennifer and I send our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones grieving the five Marines tragically lost this week. Their selflessness and dedication to serving our country will forever be remembered.”
Flags at the State Capitol and Capitol Annex Swing Space will be flown at half-staff in honor of the Marines.