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Service Identifies 5 Camp Pendleton Marines Killed in Imperial County Training Crash

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The Lost Marines, clockwise from top left, Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland and Capt. John J. Sax.

The Marine corps on Friday identified the missing pilots and other members of the service from Wednesday Crash MV-22B Osprey.

All five were from Camp Pendletonassigned to Squadron 364 Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM), Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW).

Among the dead is a pilot, Captain John J. Sax, 33, an MV-22B pilot from Placer, outside Sacramento. He has been a Marine for almost six years and has received personal awards, including the National Defense Service Medal and the World War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The others are:

  • Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Ill. Maritime Service Development Ribbon.
  • Captain Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, NH, pilot MV-22B and Marine for nearly nine years. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Campaign Medal for World War on Terror.
  • Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyo., Tiltrotor crew chief and Marine for three years. His awards include the Marine Corps Behavior Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the World War on Terrorism Campaign Medal.
  • Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, from Valencia, NM, Tiltrotor crew chief, Marine for 19 months. He received the Medal of the National Defense Service and the Medal of Service of the World War on Terror.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of five Marines from the Purple Fox family,” said Lt. Col. John C. Miller, commander of VMM-364. “This is an extremely difficult time for VMM-364 and it is difficult to express the impact this loss has had on our fate and that of our families.”

Miller said “the main mission now is to take care of the family members of our fallen Marines,” while calling for privacy for their families.

“We appreciate all the prayers and support from the strong Purple Fox extended family and want them to know that there will be more information on how to help,” he added.

At the time of the crash, near the border, the MV-22B Osprey and crew were conducting routine flight training in Imperial County. The incident remains under investigation.

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