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John Sax, Son of Former MLB All-Star Steve Sax, Among Marines Killed in Crash

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Capt. John J. Sax, who is the son of former MLB All-Star Steve Sax, was one of five Marines killed during routine training after an MV-22 Osprey crashed in Glamis, California, on Wednesday.

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Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California, an MV-22B Pilot.<br> <br>Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico, a Tiltrotor Crew Chief. <br><br>The cause of this crash is currently under investigation. <br><br>(Part 3) <a href=”https://t.co/bXVidhQHDz”>pic.twitter.com/bXVidhQHDz</a>

Steve Sax issued a statement following the news of his son’s death (h/t CBS Los Angeles):

“It is with complete devastation that I announce that my precious son, Johnny was one of the five US Marines that perished on Wednesday, June 8, in the Osprey Military crash near San Diego. For those of you that knew Johnny, you saw his huge smile, bright light, his love for his family, the Marines, the joy of flying airplanes and defending our country! He was my hero and the best man I know, there was no better person to defend our country.

“There was never any doubt from a young age that Johnny would be a pilot and his passion was to fly! I am so proud of the man he became and so proud to call him my son! This loss will change my life forever and is a loss to not only the Marines but this world!”

John Sax was based in Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. He served the Marines for five years and eight months and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Letter of Appreciation.

This article will be updated soon to provide more information and analysis.

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