Names of 16 lost on Marine flight “Yanky 72” released

via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

July 10, 2017, the U.S. Marine Corps lost a KC-130T from Marine Air Refueler Transport Squadron 452 based at Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, NY.

The mission of “Yanky 72” was that of airlift of a team from Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command- specifically the 2nd Raider Battalion based at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Route of flight was planned form Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina to Naval Air Facility El Centro, California and then Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona (by ground transport).

At approximately 4 p.m. July 10, air traffic control lost radar contact. Shortly thereafter, large plumes of smoke were discovered in the Itta Bena, Mississippi. Area. Two large impact areas are one half mile north of Hwy 82 and the other is one half mile south of Hwy 82.

Indications are something went wrong at cruise altitude. There is a large debris pattern.

On board were 16 Americans representing the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. Nine Marines belonged to VMGR-452 in Newburgh, New York, six Marines with 2d Raider Bn. in Camp Lejeune, and one U.S. Navy corpsman with 2d Raider Bn.

The flight crew of Yanky 72

Caine M. Goyette

Sean E. Elliott

Gunnery Sergeant
Mark A. Hopkins

Gunnery Sergeant
Brendan C. Johnson

Staff Sergeant
Joshua M. Snowden

Owen J. Lennon

Julian M. Kevianne

Daniel L. Baldassare

Collin J. Schaaff

2nd Raider Battalion

Staff Sergeant William J. Kundrat

Staff Sergeant Robert H. Cox

Sergeant Talon R. Leach

Sergeant Chad E. Jenson

Sergeant Joseph J. Murray

Sergeant Dietrich A. Schmieman

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ryan Lohrey

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