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Since our founding in 1995, MC-LEF has awarded over $72 million in scholarships and other humanitarian assistance, and has supported over 3,900 recipients. Although MC-LEF is immensely proud of our work to date, there is still much to be done to support the families of America’s Marines and Federal Law Enforcement Officers.
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Remembering Those Lost July 10, 2017 KC-130 Crash
On July 10, 2017 a Marine Corps KC-130 crashed in Mississippi, killing all 16 service members on board. There were 15 Marines and one Navy sailor. The large transport plane left Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina for Naval Air Facility El Centro in California, but a mid-flight emergency around 4 p.m. caused the plane to crash in a soybean field in rural Mississippi, 85 miles north of Jackson. There were no survivors.
Among the fallen were both active-duty and reservists who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, including a Purple Heart recipient and other decorated service members. They were sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, and friends. The wife of one Marine is expecting their second child in November. MC-LEF is in touch with HQMC working to assist the children of those killed in this tragic crash.
The 16 who lost their lives in the plane crash are:
Cpl. Daniel I. Baldassare, 20, from Monmouth, New Jersey, USMC, Cpl. Collin J. Schaaff, 22, from Pierce, Washington, USMC, Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne, 31, from Dallas, Texas, USMC, Sgt. Owen J. Lennon, 26, from Rockland, New York, USMC, Sgt. Chad E. Jenson, 25, from Los Angeles, California, USMC, Sgt. Talon R. Leach, 27, from Callaway, Missouri, USMC, Sgt. Joseph J. Murray, 26, from Duval, Florida, USMC, Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman, 26, from Benton, Washington, USMC, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan M. Lohrey, 30, from Middletown, Indiana, Navy, Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Snowden, 31, from Dallas, Texas, USMC, Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox, 28, from Ventura, California, USMC, Staff Sgt. William J. Kundrat, 33, from Frederick, Maryland, USMC, Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins, 34, from Chesapeake, Virginia, USMC, Gunnery Sgt. Brendan C. Johnson, 45, from Chittenden, Vermont, USMC, Capt. Sean E. Elliott, 30, from Orange, California, USMC, and Maj. Caine M. Goyette, 41, from Waterford, New York, USMC.