CAMP LEJEUNE, Onslow County - Friends and family members have started to identify some of the 16 servicemen killed in the KC-130 crash in Mississippi on Monday.
Thus far, the four men identified all appear to have been part of the group of nine that were from Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.
The first identified was Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson, whose father told Burlington, Vt., TV station WCAX his son was among the dead.
"He had a great sense of humor, he was very kind to people, his mother and other family members, yeah, everything," Kevin Johnson told WCAX.
Brendan Johnson had been in the Marine for more than two decades, having signed up following his graduation from Johnson State College in 1994. Kevin Johnson said his son had planned to retire from the Marines next year.
None of the six Marines or the Navy Corpsman stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina have been identified publicly.
Official word on all 16 was expected to come Wednesday evening. However, the press conference has been pushed back to at least Thursday morning and could be delayed further, military officials said.
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