Marine Memorial

Marana Regional Airport to host and honor U.S. Marine Soldiers
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Marine Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

Marana Regional Airport to host and honor U.S. Marine Soldiers

Included in the Memorial Service will be the Tucson Detachment Marine Corps Color Guard, Apache Young Marines drill team along with various Veteran organizations’ Color Guards. The names of the 19 lost will be read aloud with a rifle salute, taps and a dove release. The event is open to the public.

Additional Background Information
The MV-22 Osprey Tilt rotor aircraft was conducting a training mission in support of Operational Evaluation when it went down at the Marana Regional Airport on April 8, 2000. During the mission, the crew and Marines conducted Non-combatant Evacuation Operations exercises as part of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, with Marines embarking and disembarking the aircraft. The mission was conducted at night using night vision goggles and forward looking infrared radar to enhance night operational capability. The aircraft was part of the Multiservice Operational Test Team, based at Patuxent River, Md., but was temporarily attached to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

The 19 Marines lost were:
  • 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
    • Sgt. Jose Alvarez, 28
    • Pfc. Gabriel C. Clevenger, 21
    • Pfc. Alfred Corona, 23
    • Lance Cpl. Jason T. Duke, 28.
    • Lance Cpl. Jesus Gonzalez Sanchez, 27
    • Lance Cpl. Seth G. Jones, 18
    • 2nd Lt. Clayton J. Kennedy, 24
    • Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Morin, 21
    • Cpl. Adam C. Neely, 22
    • Pfc. Kenneth O. Paddio, 23
    • Pfc. George P. Santos, 24
    • Lance Cpl. Keoki P. Santos, 24
    • Cpl. Can Soler, 21
    • Pvt. Adam L. Tatro, 19
  • Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38, Marine Air Control Group 38
    • Cpl. Eric J. Martinez, 21
  • Marine Helicopter Squadron 1
    • Maj. John A. Brow, 39
    • Maj. Brooks S. Gruber, 34
    • Cpl. Kelly S. Keith, 22
  • Marine Tilt-Rotor Training Squadron 204
    • Staff Sgt. William B. Nelson, 30