CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - United States military officials have confirmed the death of Crew Chief Sgt. Mark Johnson IV, one of the Marines on board the helicopter that went missing while transporting aid to Nepal. Sgt. Johnson was a 2003 graduate of Stratford High School in Goose Creek.
Officials confirmed on Sunday the deaths of six U.S. Marines who were on board the chopper that went missing earlier this week. The wreckage was found by the Nepalese army in the mountains northeast of Kathmandu.
Sergeant Johnson, IV, served as a UH-1Y helicopter crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California. Sergeant Johnson enlisted March 23, 2009. His deployments include 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Sahayogi Haat.
Sergeant Johnson's decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral 5, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze start in lieu of third award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Certificate of Commendation, NATO Medal and a Meritorious Mast.
The other five Marines who died in the crash were Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug.
Military officials state at around 10 a.m. (NST), Nepalese soldiers and service members from Joint Task Force 505 safely recovered two Nepalese soldiers and six U.S. Marines from the downed UH-1Y Huey helicopter. They were honorably received at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. From there, their bodies will be transported to the appropriate medical facilities to be properly identified by mortuary affairs personnel, officials say.