Ventura Marine among those killed in Mississippi military crash

Mississippi military plane crash names released

VENTURA, Calif. - A marine from Ventura has been identified as one of the 16 military members killed in a plane crash in Mississippi on Monday.

The Marine Corps says Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox, 28, from Ventura, was one of the 15 Marines and one Navy hospital corpsman who were killed when the KC-130T went down.

Staff Sgt. Robert Cox, a critical skills operator, was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the Marines said in a news release Friday. Cox joined the Marines in 2007 and had served four tours of duty overseas.

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.

Here's the full list:

  • Maj. Caine M. Goyette;
  • Capt. Sean E. Elliott;
  • Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins;
  • Gunnery Sgt. Brendan C. Johnson;
  • Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Snowden;
  • Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne;
  • Sgt. Owen J. Lennon;
  • Cpl. Daniel I. Baldassare;
  • Cpl. Collin J. Schaaff;
  • Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox;
  • Staff Sgt. William J. Kundrat;
  • Sgt. Chad E. Jenson;
  • Sgt. Talon R. Leach;
  • Sgt. Joseph J. Murray;
  • Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman;
  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan M. Lohrey.

The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.

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