Son of former LA Dodgers player Steve Sax among 5 killed in military plane crash


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The son of former Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Steve Sax was among five people killed in a military plane crash on Wednesday.

Captain John J. Sax, son of Steve Sax, was one of the crew members of the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that crashed in Imperial County, California.

Steve Sax told CBS Los Angeles that his son was on board the plane.

“It is with utter devastation that I announce that my precious son, Johnny, was one of five US Marines who perished on Wednesday, June 8, in the Osprey military crash near San Diego,” Sax said.

MARINES KILLED IN CALIFORNIA MILITARY PLANE CRASH IDENTIFIED

Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California, MV-22B pilot, who died June 8, 2022. (3rd Marine Aircraft Wing)

Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California, MV-22B pilot, who died June 8, 2022. (3rd Marine Aircraft Wing)
(3rd Marine Aircraft Wing)

“For those of you who knew Johnny, you saw his huge smile, his bright light, his love for his family, the Marines, the joy of flying planes and defending our country! He was my hero and the greatest man I know, there was there is no better person to defend our country,” he added.

Steve Sax said his son wanted to be a pilot since he was a child and talked about the different planes flying in the sky when he played Little Leauge baseball.

“There was never any doubt from a young age that Johnny would be a pilot and his passion was flying!” Sax said in the statement. “This loss will change my life forever and it is a loss not only to the Marines but to this world!”

5 US MARINES CONFIRMED DEAD AFTER MILITARY AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS IN CALIFORNIA

The Los Angeles Dodgers tweeted that the baseball organization is saddened by the loss of Sax.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Sax’s son, John, and the five Marines who lost their lives in this week’s tragic helicopter crash. Our thoughts and condolences go out to their families and friends,” the statement said. .

Capt. John J. Sax was among the five people who died, which include Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois; Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire; Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming; and Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia.

A statement from the Marine Aircraft Wing Communications Strategy and Operations office said Losapio and Sax were pilots with Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft MAW), and the other people they were crew. bosses

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Cpl.  Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois;  Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire;  Cpl.  Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming;  Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California;  and Lance Cpl.  Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico, was killed when an MV-22B Osprey they were traveling in crashed near Glamis, California, on June 8, 2022. (3rd Marine Aircraft Wing)

Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois; Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire; Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming; Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California; and Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico, was killed when an MV-22B Osprey they were traveling in crashed near Glamis, California, on June 8, 2022. (3rd Marine Aircraft Wing)
(3rd Marine Aircraft Wing)

“It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of five Marines from the Purple Fox family,” said Lt. Col. John C. Miller, commanding officer of VMM-364, according to the statement.

“This is an extremely difficult time for VMM-364 and it is difficult to express the impact this loss has had on our squadron and their families,” Miller added. “Our main mission now is to take care of the members of the family of our fallen Marines and we respectfully request privacy for their families as they navigate through this difficult time.”

John J. Sax leaves behind his wife, Amber, who is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child. He also leaves behind his daughter, who is 20 months old.

Associated Press contributed to this report.



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