SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO It’s been 11 days because Cindy and also John Elliott got a knock on their door as well as discovered that their son, Capt. Sean Endecott Elliott, was among the 15 Marines and one seafarer to pass away when the C-130 where they were flying took off over a Mississippi bean area.
“I’m not a person who grieves with a pile of splits, Cindy Elliott stated Thursday, July 20, at her San Juan Capistrano home. “It’s internal. For me the feeling of loss is overwhelming. I do not rest and also I do not consume. I feel a sickly adrenaline rush many of the time.”
However the Elliotts obtained a little alleviation Wednesday, July 19, throughout the city’s summertime concert collection. San Juan Capistrano Mayor Kerry Ferguson paid tribute to Sean Elliott and also a pastor from San Juan Capistrano’s adopted squadron 1st Battalion, 11th Militaries at Camp Pendleton gave a conjuration.
“It was a fantastic honor to know people are identifying the men and also ladies who put on an attire and also do a work we cannot do,” Cindy Elliott stated. “There are no bombs being gone down on us as a result of these people. It was essential to see that neighborhood assistance.”
Terry Rifkin, director of the Dana Factor Fifth Marine Regiment Support system, really hopes to bring even a lot more support for the family members on Saturday, July 22, throughout an annual Marine Corps fundraiser at the Doheny Village Hand Car Wash.
. While the yearly event normally supports members and also families of the 5th Marine Program and also the Damaged Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton, this year it is committed to the memory of Capt. Sean Elliott. Rep. Darrell Issa is expected to participate in and also consult with the Elliotts.
“John as well as Cindy Elliott have been excellent advocates of our dealing with Fifth Militaries,” Rifkin claimed. “They have also been committed volunteers for our support system for numerous years currently. They have been very honored Marine parents. It is a solid bond. They are part of our 5th Marine household. When a person in our family members is harming, most of us hurt.”
His worst anxiety
John Elliott had run the scene with his mind numerous times. Each time he did, he imagined three Marines in their outfit blues at his door.
But when he unlocked at nearly 11 p.m. July 10, he saw 2 Marines in their solution uniforms on his porch.
All he can do was hold his partner as the 2 Camp Pendleton Marines explained that their 30-year-old child was missing in activity following the plane crash earlier that day. Hours later on they got verification of his fatality.
Sean Elliott was co-pilot of the big freight airplane. The collision, now under investigation with the Marine Corps, is being called the most dangerous given that a transportation helicopter dropped during a sandstorm in Iraq, eliminating 30 Militaries and also a sailor.
Elliott became part of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transportation Squadron 452, a reserve KC-130T armada, based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, NY.
The plane flew from there to Cherry Factor, N.C. where it got 6 Militaries and also a Navy corpsman from Marine Corps Forces Special Workflow Command’& rsquo; s elite 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. It was goinged to Yuma, Arizona for pre-deployment training.
The Elliotts stated they looking for response to why their kid, who liked the Marine Corps brotherhood as well as was devoted to his better half, Catherine and his family members, passed away.
Love of flying as well as tennis
The Elliotts stated they remember their child at 7, being delighted during a Miramar air program as F-18 competitor pilots flew overhead as well as hit their after-burners, sending almost everybody eluding.
“He had loads of adrenaline,” John Elliott remembered. “It was that minute that he realized, ‘‘ I intend to do this.'”
Sean Elliott was birthed in Colorado Springs, Colorado just five miles from the Air Pressure Academy. As a 4-year-old, he obtained a plaything C-130 airplane and toy soldiers. He would certainly take the airplane, which was virtually as large as him, to bed with him.
The household, that included Sean’s more youthful brother, Erik, moved to Escondido when the young boys were in grade school. There they were committed to tennis and also played practically on a daily basis.
Although Sean Elliott enjoyed tennis, it would be his bro who would certainly turn pro. Sean Elliott focused on aviation as well as the Marine Corps, while researching civil design at UC Davis.
John Elliott still remembers the day his kid told him of his decision to become a Marine.
The two had just released their kayak at Child Coastline in Dana Factor Harbor as well as Sean Elliott had begun to furiously paddle soak his father.
Becoming a Marine
“He claimed, ‘‘ Daddy, I comprised my mind yet I’m mosting likely to ask you regarding this,'” John Elliott recalled. “He was just soaking me and I believed around offering him some paddle tips, then I thought, ‘‘ I’m just going to be quiet and listen.’ He claimed, ‘‘ I’m going to join the Marines.’ He spoke about the camaraderie, just how the Militaries are the ideal as well as just how they were mosting likely to assure him he can fly.”
After graduating from UC Davis, he was picked by the Marine Corps for Administration Candidate School. In 2012, he obtained his wings.
In his almost eight years of solution, he released to the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf, North Africa and also Afghanistan.
He preferred to fly the bigger C-130 due to the fact that he didn’t like the solo flight of an F-18 boxer jet. He liked being around people.
The Marine Corps also gave him a feeling of objective. Cindy Elliott indicated his Facebook account, where he described himself as a “defender of freedom.”
“He believed in that,” she said. “He believed everyone needs to have that.”
Capt. Sean Elliott will be hidden at Arlington National Burial ground with complete armed forces honors.
In order to help Militaries and their families
What: Heroes Auto Laundry
When: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Doheny Town Auto Laundry, 34241 Doheny Park Roadway
Funded by: Dana Point Fifth Marine Routine Support Group