What is Nighthawk-72?

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.

2019 Memorial Ceremony Flyer

Nighthawk72SrvcPoster19 (pdf)


Fundraising with Friends of Nighthawk-72


What is Nighthawk-72 Memorial?

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. 

With your help, Friends of Nighthawk-72 with the Marine Corps League Detachment 1344 can change that!

We need sponsors for signs along I-10, construction of memorial park, and to make updates to the crash site memorial. 


Granite Paver Level
Military Order of Purple Heart Department of Arizona
Green Valley MCL Detachment
Concert Fund - MCL Department of Arizona

1 Vet Foundation

AMVets Post 39

MCL Department of Arizona

Richard Horrigan

Valerie Davis

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 

Gene H

Nighthawk-72 Memorial Improvement Project

Download the files below for additional information.

SponsorshipForm (pdf)


FriendsOfNighthawk72MemorialSponsorshipPkt (pdf)