Crowds gather to honor local Marine killed in Osprey crash

ST. ONGE, S.D. — On June 8, 2022, an MV-22 Osprey based at Camp Pendleton in California crashed into the desert, killing all five Marines on board. All five were based at Camp Pendleton and assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadron 364.

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Crowds at I-90 Exit 17

One of those Marines was 21-year-old Cpl. Seth Rasmuson, who was born in Rapid City and raised in Buffalo, Wyoming.

According to his obituary, Rasmuson was an Osprey Crew Chief, the second of five sons, married to his high school sweetheart and had a son less than a year old.

Bridges, overpasses and rest stops across Wyoming and northwestern South Dakota were packed with supporters. In Spearfish, dozens gathered at Exit 17, holding flags and waiving at the passing motorcade. People of all ages turned out to show their appreciation.

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Seth Rasmuson, his wife, Avery, and their young son, Reed (photo courtesy: Seth Rasmuson Honorable Send Off, via Facebook)

“I told the girls today while we were driving up here, I said, ‘I want you to understand that the reason we get to have all these fun things we get to do is because of men like him and women like him,'” says Maggie Klapperich, who came out with her young children. “My husband is a veteran and my dad is a veteran, and I’m just so proud to live in this country where we have people who are sacrificing everything so we can have all of this that we take for granted.”

Cpl. Rasmuson was buried in Little Dane Cemetery in St. Onge.

We thank him for his life and his service, especially on this Fourth of July weekend. We also show our appreciation for the other four Marines killed in the crash: Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois; Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of New Durham, New Hampshire; Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California; and Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico.

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