UPDATED 2:00 PM PT – Sunday, June 12, 2022
The Marine Corps released the identities of the five Marines who were killed in an aircraft crash last week. On Friday, the officials said all victims were members of the Purple Foxes of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 at Camp Pendleton, California.
“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of five Marines from the Purple Fox family,” Lt. Col. John C. Miller, commanding officer of VMM-364 said in a Friday statement. “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.
Two pilots were killed, 31-year-old Captain Nicholas Losapio and 33-year-old Captain John Sax. The other victims were tiltrotor crew Chiefs 21-year-old Corporal Nathan Carlson, 21-year-old Corporal Seth Rasmuson and 19-year-old Lance Corporal Evan Strickland.
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“We appreciate all the prayers and support from the strong extended Purple Fox family,” the officer voiced. “We want them to know that more information will be forthcoming on how to help.”
The Osprey aircraft went down during a training exercise in the desert and the crash remains under investigation.