One year ago, a horror unfolded in a Mississippi Delta soybean field, when an East Coast Marine Corps Reserve KC−130T on its way to California went down.
Fifteen Marines and one Navy corpsman perished that fateful day ― July 10, 2017.
Now, their families are gathering in Itta Bena, Mississippi, about six miles from the crash site, to unveil a monument to the victims.
The “Yanky 72” memorial is named after the aircraft’s call sign, Clifton Addison, a Marine Corps League member and memorial committee chairman who led an effort that raised more than $100,000 for the memorial, told Marine Corps Times.
He and his team are expecting 200 people for Saturday’s ceremony, which also will be streamed live.