Deadly military plane crash in rural Mississippi

The 15 Marines and a Navy sailor killed in a military plane crash on July 10 in Mississippi came from around the country. Six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

“It is a tight-knit community, made up of some of the most highly trained, dedicated Marines I have ever known,” Marines Special Operations Command Deputy Commander Col. Stephen Grass told reporters in North Carolina Friday. “As a team, as a family, we’re going to pull together to see this through.”

Nine of them were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, home of a Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said the final set of remains was recovered Thursday from a farm field where the KC-130 crashed Monday. Remains were flown Thursday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where military officials say they will be processed by Air Force mortuary personnel and then released to their grieving families. (See full AP story)

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Portrait of the victims

Combination photo showing the 16 victims killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi. (From top left) Major Caine Goyette, Captain Sean Elliot, Gunnery Sergeant Brendan Johnson, Gunnery Sergeant Mark Hopkins, Staff Sergeant William Kundra, Staff Sergeant Robert Cox, Hospital Corpsman Second Class Ryan Lohrey, Sergeant Joshua Snowden, Sergeant Talon Leach, Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman, Sergeant Joseph Murray, Sergeant Chad Jenson, Sergeant Owen Lennon, Sergeant Julian Kevianne, Corporal Collin Schaaff, Corporal Daniel Baldassare. (Photos: U.S. Marine Corps)

The flag flies at half-staff over the Raleigh State Capitol

The United States flag flies at half-staff over the State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, July 12, 2017, following the death of six Marines and a Navy sailor from Camp Lejeune, who were among the 16 service members killed Monday when their plane crashed in a field in rural Mississippi. The plane was a KC-130T, a tanker from Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron 452, a Marine Forces Reserve unit based in Fort Stewart, N.Y. (Photo: Gerry Broome/AP)

Flames rise from a military plane crash site

In this Monday, July 10, 2017 frame from video, smoke and flames rise from a military plane that crashed in a farm field, in Itta Bena, Miss. (Photo: WLBT-TV via AP)

Emergency personnel stand along the roadside

Emergency personnel stand along U.S. Highway 82 after a military transport plane crashed into a field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, Monday, July 10, 2017. (Photo: Andy Lo/AP)

Smoke and flames rise into the air

Smoke and flames rise into the air after a military transport airplane crashed in a field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, Monday, July 10, 2017. (Photo: Jimmy Taylor via AP)

A Coroner rides into a restricted area

Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders, right, rides Tuesday, July 11, 2017, with a sheriff’s deputy into a restricted area north of U.S. Highway 82, near a site that has part of the wreckage of a military plane that crashed Monday in a farm field, in Itta Bena, Miss. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Special response trailer brought to the site

Mississippi wildlife law officers bring a special response trailer and a number of all terrain vehicles to a county farm road adjacent to U.S. Highway 82, as they head to the wreckage of a military refueling tanker aircraft that crashed Monday evening in a soybean field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, Tuesday, July 11, 2007. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Smoke rises from the crash site

Smoke rises in the air after a military transport plane crashed into a field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, as seen from U.S. Highway 82, Monday, July 10, 2017. Several were killed in the crash. (Photo: Andy Lo/AP)

Caravan of responders

Mississippi wildlife law officers form a caravan as they bring a special response trailer and a number of all terrain vehicles along a county farm road adjacent to U.S. Highway 82, as they head to the wreckage of a military refueling tanker aircraft that crashed Monday in a soybean field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, Tuesday, July 11, 2007. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Map of crash site

Map locating the military plane crash site in Itta Bena, Miss. (AP)

Stewart Air National Guard Base

Military aircraft sit on the tarmac at the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., Tuesday July 11, 2017. (Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP)

A KC-130 Hercules

Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters receive fuel from a KC-130 Hercules over the Gulf of Aden January 1, 2003. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald/Handout via Reuters)