Names of soldiers killed in crash released by friends, family

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Names of soldiers killed in crash released by friends, family

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Emergency officials respond to the site of a military plane crash near Itta Bena, Miss., Monday, July 10, 2017. Leflore County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle told reporters at a late briefing that more than a dozen bodies had been recovered after the KC-130 spiraled into the ground about 85 miles (135 kilometers) north of Jackson in the Mississippi Delta. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

Leflore County, Miss. — 

The national grief over the military plane crash here extends directly to a door in Atlanta, to the father of an engineer who died on the plane.  

Michael Snowden is the father of Staff Sgt. Joshua Snowden, who was among 15 Marines and one sailor who died Monday when their plane crashed in a rural soybean field. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but the faces of this tragedy are slowly coming to light.  

Michael Snowden was close with his son, who visited Atlanta on several occasions. The father referred a reporter to a family friend, who described the Marine as “the very representation of a gentleman.”  

Despite the Marines’ reticence the names of the crash victims are appearing on Facebook posts and other social media. And some relatives are speaking to the media in memory of their loved ones.

You can read the whole story about Staff Sgt. Snowden and other soldiers who died at myAJC.com.

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130T crashed Monday into a field outside Greenwood, Mississippi, according to a tweet sent by the United States Marine Corps, killing 15 Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman. (Video taken by Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Banks)
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