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How to Honor the Memory of SoCal Marine Killed in Military Transport Plane Crash

Fifteen Marines and a Navy sailor were killed last week when their plane went down in a Mississippi field

Citizens looking to honor the memory of a San Diegan Marine Captain killed when a military transport aircraft crashed in Mississippi can attend events around Southern California or donate in his name. 

Capt. Sean Elliott, one of the plane's pilots, was killed when the KC-130T, used to refuel jets in mid-air and on the ground, crashed in a field last week. The crash left all 16 service members on board dead.

At the time, it was being flown by Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452) based in Newburgh, New York, military officials said.

The 15 Marines and a Navy sailor came from all over the country. Six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Nine were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, home of a Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron. 

Elliott was one of three Marines from Southern California. Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox, of Ventura, and Sgt. Chad E. Jenson, of Los Angeles, were also from the region. 

Elliott's brother, Erik, said anyone wanting to show their support for his brother and his memory could attend several events honoring him. 

On Wednesday, a summer nights concert in San Juan Capistrano Town Center Park will start with an invocation prior to the concert, at 6 p.m. People who would like to donate can donate to the Homefront America in SJC.

On Saturday, July 22, the Dana Point 5th Marines Support Group will have a car wash honoring Capt. Elliott at Doheney Park Road, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Otherwise, people looking to make a donation in honor of Capt. Elliott are asked to donate to the Semper Fi fund in Oceanside. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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