Nine KC-130 Crash Victims Identified
Slowly, the names of victims from the KC-130 disaster are coming to light, even though they have not been released by the Marine Corps, pending notification of next of kin. Family and friends have been releasing the names across social media. So far we have located 9 names from various media, and will release more as we find them. Every one of them was proud to serve their country as a United States Marine.
Main photo from left to right: Dan Baldassere, William Kundrat, Mark Hopkins, Brendan Johnson, Owen Lennon. 2nd row left to right: Joe Murray, Julian Kevinanne, Joshua Snowden, Talon Leach
The following victim names are in no particular order – we will update as we have information.
“You may have been the youngest, but we always looked up to you. Our hero, Owen Lennon. 💔 Sending love to the other USMC families that lost loved ones last night.” Kelly Lennon, Owen’s sister
Owen was from Pomona in Rockland County, New York.
“The loss of Marine Owen Lennon of Pomona reminds us again that freedom is never free…” Ed Day, Rockland county, New York
Staff Sgt Joshua Snowden
SSgt Snowden was from Texas, and had served 13 years in the military. His last text was a Bible verse sent to his relative Sara.
The official family statement expressed their depth of sorrow at losing their loved one, but stated “Heaven has gained one hell of an angel.”
Dan was also originally from New York, but was living in Colts Neck, New Jersey. On his Facebook page, he posted that he was a Crewmaster in the Marine Corps.
All Dan wanted to do growing up was be in the military and serve his country.
Talon was 27 years old and married. His Facebook has little on it, but several of his friends had the Marine Raider logo with a black stripe, so we assume he was a MARSOC Marine.
Gunnery Sgt Brendan Johnson
Brendan, 46, was only 1 year away from retirement. Married, from Vermont, he was looking forward to letting “the others take over.” He loved the outdoors, and reportedly had a “gentle demeanor.”
Sgt Julian Kevianne
Julian was from Detroit, Michigan. He joined the Marines in 2009 “to protect the country” according to his brother. His Facebook work history says: “Flight Engineer Trainee at Marine Corps Recruiting; Crew Master at Uncle Sam; Former C-130 Crewmaster at U.S. Marine Corps; Former FLT Mech trainee at U.S. Marine Corps and other positions.”
He was married. His last public post was a musical video by Muse called “Time is Running Out.”
Joe, 26, served two tours in Afghanistan and was from Jacksonville, Florida. He was married, and described as “a hero to his three sons and 5 year old daughter.” Besides being a loving father, he reportedly wanted to “destroy evil on the earth.”
Mark was married and had a young son. He was from Montgomery, New York. He studied at American Military University and graduated from Great Bridge High School.
William Joseph Kundrat
William was 33, and the son of a Marine. Married with two children, he was from Frederick, Maryland. He had served in Iraq, according to his mother.
Military.com reported that six of the Marines and the Navy Corpsman were from the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion out of Camp LeJeune. Nine were from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 452, a New York based Reserve unit.
The MARSOC troops were headed for a pre-deployment training exercise in Yuma, Arizona. The aircraft “exploded” in midair at a cruising altitude of about 20,000 feet. The investigation is ongoing.
This is a USMC press conference on the disaster: