Next Time You Hear Thunder in the Sky,
Know It Is 19 Proud Marines Yelling Semper Fi!
In Memory of the 19 Marines Lost in a Tragic Aircraft Accident
About 8 PM April 8, 2000 Marines were conducting training exercises near Marana Regional Airport when their Osprey V-22 Tilt Rotor (call sign Nighthawk-72) went down.
The names, ranks, assignments, units and hometowns for those killed:
From Camp Pendleton, Calif., all from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division:
Sgt. Jose Alvarez, 28, machine gunner, Uvalde, Texas
Pfc. Gabriel C. Clevenger, 21, machine gunner, Picher, Okla.
Pfc. Alfred Corona, 23, machine gunner, San Antonio.
Lance Cpl. Jason T. Duke, 28, machine gunner, Sacramento, Calif.
Lance Cpl. Jesus Gonzalez Sanchez, 27, assault man, San Diego.
Lance Cpl. Seth G. Jones, 18, assault man, Bend, Ore.
2nd Lt. Clayton J. Kennedy, 24, platoon commander, Clifton Bosque, Texas
Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Morin, 21, assault man, McAllen, Texas
Cpl. Adam C. Neely, 22, rifleman, Winthrop, Wash.
Pfc. Kenneth O. Paddio, 23, rifleman, Houston.
Pfc. George P. Santos, 24, rifleman, Long Beach, Calif.
Pfc. Keoki P. Santos, 24, rifleman, Grand Ronde, Ore.
Cpl. Can Soler, 21, rifleman, Palm City, Fla.
Pvt. Adam L. Tatro, 19, rifleman, Brownwood, Texas
From Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.:
Cpl. Eric J. Martinez, 21, a field radio operator, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38, Marine Air Control Group 38, Williams, Ariz.
Maj. John A. Brow, 39, pilot, Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, California, Md.
Maj. Brooks S. Gruber, 34, pilot, Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, Jacksonville, N.C.
Cpl. Kelly S. Keith, 22, aircraft crew chief, Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, Florence, S.C.
Staff Sgt. William B. Nelson, 30, aerial observer/mechanic, Marine Tilt-Rotor Training Squadron 204, Richmond, Va.
The memorial is for the 19 Marines lost in the tragic accident on April 8, 2000.
It is at the intersection of Avra Valley & Sandario Roads.
It is not well known.
We need sponsors for signs along I-10 and to make updates to the crash site memorial.
Granite Paver Level
Military Order of Purple Heart - Department of Arizona
Green Valley MCL Detachment
AZ Pack MODD
Concert Fund - MCL Department of Arizona
1 Vet Foundation
AMVets Post 39
Red Brick Paver Level
Roof Tex, Inc.
Southwest Valley MCL Detachment
Fountain Hills MCL Detachment
Emerald Empire MCL Detachment
1 Vet Foundation
Dean Reiter MCL Detachment