Son of fmr LA Dodgers star Steve Sax among five Marines killed in helicopter crash

A tragic helicopter crash on Wednesday in California that left five Marines dead is hitting even closer to home for baseball fans after the victims were identified this week.

The son of former Los Angeles Dodgers legend Steve Sax was named as one of the fatalities of the training flight accident, ABC7 reported.

Capt. John J. Sax, 33 was identified along with four others based in Camp Pendleton including fellow pilot Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio who was 31 years old.

Sax’s father spent seven years playing with a Dodger blue jersey during the course of his Major League career that spanned from 1981 to 1994. He also played for the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox, and Oakland Athletics and has two world championship wins under his belt.

Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, and Evan A. Strickland, 19 were crew chiefs on the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft that also tragically lost their lives this week in Imperial County located east of San Diego.

“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of five Marines from the Purple Fox family,” Lt. Col. John C. Miller, the squadron’s commanding officer said in a statement.

“Our primary mission now is taking care of the family members of our fallen Marines and we respectfully request privacy for their families as they navigate this difficult time,” he added.

Many offered their condolences for the loss of the young men.

Although the cause of the accident remains under investigation, a peculiar tweet from Fox News correspondent Lucas Tomlinson raised some eyebrows earlier this week.

It started out as a normal public service announcement where he noted, “USMC says an MV-22B Osprey belonging to 3d Marine Air Wing crashed near Glamis, Calif. No word on survivors.”

Then it got weird.

He added – in quotes – “There was no nuclear material on board the aircraft.”

Critics were perplexed as to why they would need to emphasize the part about NOT having nukes on board.

“Why would they need to specify the last part,” one person wondered on social media.

“So we can safely assume there actually was nuclear material on board the aircraft… ok then lol,” another laughed.

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