Second Camp Lejeune service man killed in plane crash identified
JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A second Camp Lejeune serviceman who was among the seven killed -- 16 in all -- in a military transport plane crash in Mississippi has been identified by a family member.
ABC2News.com in Maryland reported on its website Wednesday that Staff Sgt. William Joseph Kundrat, 33, was among the 15 Marines and one Sailor killed in Monday's crash. Kundrat's mother, Lynda, posted a message to her Facebook page that said "The Marine Corps just informed us that our Son SSGT William Joseph Kundrat was killed in the plane crash (Monday) in Mississippi."
Kundrat's death was also reported by Frederick News Post on Wednesday.
Kundrat grew up in Frederick, Md. After graduation, he joined the Marines. And in 2004, Kundrat married classmate Ashley Cregger, according to the paper. The newspaper report said they lived in Holly Ridge and had two children together.
"Every breath of air you take, all the things you're able to do, you can do those things because of people like my son," Lynda Kundrat said, according to a story from the Associated Press. "I'll never forget that." Kundrat served in Iraq, his mother said, later joining the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command 2nd Marine Raider battalion stationed at Camp Lejeune. Said his mother: "He was a great Marine."
Earlier Wednesday, it was reported Sgt. Joseph Murray, 26, was a Camp Lejeune Marine killed in the plane crash.