"A very sad loss!"
A KC-130 transport plane carrying fifteen Marines and a Navy corpsman, was moving personnel and equipment from North Carolina to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma to train before deploying. Staff Sgt. Robert Cox was one of six Marines that were part of 2d Marine Raider Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The KC-130 also known as Yankee 72 went down and crashed into a soybean field about 4 p.m. Monday at a location around 85 miles north of Jacksonville,North Carolina
Staff Sgt. Robert Cox , 28, of Ventura, Calif., joined the Marines in 2007. He deployed to Iraq in 2009 and 2010, and to Afghanistan in 2011. In 2016, he deployed again to support the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He held the job of critical skills operator, the standard title for a Marine who has completed the months-long pipeline to become a Marine Raider. He was a two-time recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.
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