SAN DIEGO - The remains of a decorated Marine from Southern California killed in a recent military plane crash arrived in San Diego Tuesday morning.
Sgt. Chad Elliott Jenson, 25, was aboard a plane that crashed on July 10. He was one of 16 service members killed when their KC-130T transport plane crashed in rural Mississippi.
A Redondo Beach native, Jenson had strong San Diego ties after he graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and served at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, said Laura Herzog, the founder and executive director of the group Honoring Our Fallen. He later transferred to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
He will be buried Friday at Miramar National Cemetery. Jenson's family chose to bury him in Miramar because of his strong Marine ties to the area and because his wife lives in the area, Herzog said.
His remains arrived about 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lindbergh Field, and were escorted from the airport to the cemetery by the California Highway Patrol and Patriot Guard Riders, where they will be held until his services on Friday.
“The past 30 days have been such a whirlwind of emotion. It hasn’t really set in yet," said his cousin Treasha Thomas. “He worked so hard to get to where he was and achieve so much in his young life. It’s an honor to me to have him honored in this way.”
He is survived by his parents Robert and Susan Jenson, his brother Michael, sister-in-law Courtney, wife Jessica and stepson Jackson.