DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- As word spread that a Fishkill Marine was one of 16 service members killed in Monday's fiery military plane crash in Mississippi, an outpouring of support for his family has come from all corners, including local elected officials.
Brendan Johnson, 46, a U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant, who lived in Fishkill with his wife while stationed at Stewart Air National Guard Base, in Newburgh, was identified by his father on Thursday as one of the victims.
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sgt. Brendan Johnson earlier this week while serving our country in the United States Marine Corps. Since joining the Armed Forces more than 20 years ago, Brendan selflessly protected his country; and he proudly represented his neighbors throughout Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley," said Molinaro.
"Brendan’s legacy will be one of dedication to his country and service to his fellow Americans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Anna, his family and friends - and all those in service - during this time of mourning."
Nine of those killed were stationed at Stewart. The other seven soldiers were based in North Carolina.
The plane, a KC-130, crashed around 4 p.m. Monday in Leflore County, Miss., the military said on Tuesday.
Another Hudson Valley resident stationed at Stewart was also killed in the crash: Owen Lennon, a native of Pomona in Rockland County.
The Marines are expected to release the entire list of victims within the next few days.
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