Itta Bena in Leflore County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
In Memory of the Brave Marines and Navy Corpsman
On July 10, 2017, at 2141 Zulu (3:41 PM local), a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130T flying at 20,000 ft. suffered a catastrophic inflight breakup. The aircraft disappeared from radar at the Memphis ARTCC, and an immediate query of nearby airports failed to locate it. Witnesses on the ground and local ag pilots reported an aircraft accident about seven miles west of this site and the connection was soon made. First responders were on scene quickly, but the nature of the event made it non-survivable. For the next several weeks, an emergency operations center was established on this site. Crews from many local, state and federal agencies worked tirelessly alongside the Marines to recover the remains and all associated wreckage.
Major Caine M. Goyette
Captain Sean E. Elliott
Gunnery Sergeant Mark A. Hopkins
Gunnery Sergeant Brendan C. Johnson
Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Snowden
Sergeant Julian M. Kevianne
Sergeant Owen J.
Corporal Daniel I. Baldassare
Corporal Collin J. Schaaff
2ND RAIDER BATTALION
CAMP LEJUNE, NC
Staff Sergeant Robert H. Cox
Staff Sergeant William J. Kundrat
Sergeant Chad E. Jenson
Sergeant Talon R. Leach
Sergeant Joseph J. Murray
Sergeant Dietrich A. Schmieman
Petty Officer First Class Ryan M. Lohrey
AS YOU GUARD THE GATES OF HEAVEN
Erected by The Marine Corps League Department of Mississippi.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is July 10, 2017.
Location. 33° 30.502′ N, 90° 20.252′ W. Marker is in Itta Bena, Mississippi, in Leflore County. Marker is on U.S. 82, 0.2 miles north of Local Highway 507, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Itta Bena MS 38941, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Itta Bena (approx. 1.4 miles away); The "Caboose" (approx. 1.4 miles away); "March Against Fear" (approx. 1½ miles away); B.B. King Birthplace (approx. 5.2 miles away); Fort Pemberton Park (approx. 6.2 miles away); Guitar Slim (approx. 6.8 miles away); Hubert Sumlin (approx. 7.7 miles away); Robert Johnson (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Itta Bena.
Also see . . .
1. 1 year after deadly KC−130T crash, victims are remembered with memorial near Mississippi site. (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. YANKY 72 Memorial Dedication Ceremony. (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 4, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.