The names of five Marines who died in an Osprey crash on a firing range in a remote, soft and sandy area of the Imperial Valley desert were announced by Marine Corps officials on Friday, June 10.
The plane crashed Wednesday while the Marines were undergoing aerial firefighting training.
Cpl was on the board. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, Winnebago, Illinois, a crew chief; Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, Rockingham, New Hampshire, a pilot; Cpl. Seth d. Rasmussen, 21, Johnson, Wyoming, a crew chief; Capt. John J. Sax, 33, placer, a pilot; And Lance Cpl. Ivan A. Strickland, 19, Valencia, New Mexico, a crew chief.
The Commanding Officer of the Squadron, Lieutenant Colonel John C. “We are deeply saddened by the death of five Marines in the Purple Fox family,” Miller said. “It is difficult to say what effect this loss has had on our squadrons and their families. Our primary goal now is to take care of our fallen Marine family members and we respectfully request privacy for their families as they navigate through these difficult times.
“We appreciate all the prayers and support from the strong extended Purple Fox family,” he added, “and they want to know more about how to help.”
The aircraft was based at Camp Pendleton and was part of Marine Aircraft Group 39 with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. The search for the plane is underway and an investigation is underway.
Although Marine Corps officials waited until all members of the family had been notified before announcing the identities of the five dead, the flag was ordered down in Wyoming on Friday in honor of Rasmussen. He graduated from Buffalo High School in 2019.
Rasmussen grew up in a small village with a population of less than 5,000. He loved the vast open space of Wyoming and its vast terrain, and he spent a lot of time outdoors with his family, including four brothers, said his father, Curtis Rasmussen.
“He grew up hunting, fishing and camping,” he said.
And even as a child, Rasmussen had a goal to become a Marine, his father said. By the time he reached his senior year of high school, Rasmussen had earned enough credit to graduate early and register immediately after his 18th birthday.
His father said other service branches showed interest in him and encouraged him to compete with the Marine Corps, but his son was not.
Curtis Rasmussen said his son was looking forward to flying and thought it was a “great” opportunity. To do so, he had to take additional training and went to schools in Florida and Maine.
“He loved flying and when he got out he talked about doing something in aviation,” said Curtis Rasmussen. Just one year short of his five-year military contract, the Marines received the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the AC during his service. Service Deployment Ribbon.
Seth Rasmussen talked to his family about flying in Osprey and explained to his father how the plane works. Most of the time, when he flies, he checks in with his family. Especially when he was stationed in the Middle East.
“He would call from there and tell me how far he has been,” his father said.
A few weeks ago, Seth Rasmussen went to his younger brother’s high school graduation.
He is survived by his wife, his high school sweetheart, and their 7-month-old son.
The family also said Carlson was attracted to the Marine Corps as a young man, his own father being a branch veteran.
“He chose aviation and he loved it,” Carlson’s cousin Gage MacDonald said Thursday.
Carlson, who served three years in the Marine Corps, was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the World War on Terrorism Medal, the World War on Terrorism Medal, and the Marine Service Deployment Ribbon.
McDonald said, “Nathan was very friendly, he made everyone shine.
The Losapio Marine Corps had the longest period of five men – eight years and nine months. During that time he won air medals with Strike / Flight 2; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Appreciation of the Navy unit; National Defense Service Medal; World War Campaign Medal on Terrorism; Underlying Resolution Expedition Medal; World War Service Medal on Terrorism; And sea service deployment ribbon.
Sax served the Marine Corps for five years and eight months. His personal awards include the National Defense Service Medal; World War Service Medal on Terrorism; And a letter of appreciation.
Strickland served in the Marine Corps for one year and seven months. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the World War Service Medal on Terrorism.
Government Gavin News on Friday called for the flag to be lowered in honor of the fallen Marines in the state capital.
“Jennifer and I extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the five Marines who have been tragically lost this week,” he said in a statement. “His selflessness and dedication to serve our country will always be remembered.”