Waterford mourns Marine who died in crash

United States Marine Major Caine Michael Goyette

WATERFORD -- In the Village of Waterford, flags and spirits are lower -- because a native son won't be coming home.

“We all stayed together, played together, and it -- doesn't seem like it's real,” said Russ Mahoney, a longtime friend of fallen Marine Major Caine Goyette.

"He was a great friend, man, and exemplified what a Marine would be. a father, an outstanding American. Loved his country. Loved his family. Did everything right the right way,” Mahoney continued.

A decorated career Marine, the 41-year-old major deployed four times -- twice to Afghanistan.

Based in Newburgh, he flew KC-130s around the world.

In his final mission, Goyette commanded the transport plane that crashed in Mississippi Monday.

He and 15 other men were lost.

"Probably later in life, with the children, you don't want to do those dangerous missions,” Mahoney said.

“Training missions are dangerous, but every time you go into that cockpit, it's a danger,” he added.

News of Goyette’s death isn't easy.

Fellow veterans and friends are offering whatever support they can.

"I just hope that his family can find some peace and known that they have support in this terrible time,” said Frank McClement, head of the Saratoga County Veteran Services Agency. McClement also grew up with Goyette.

"We can just remember him as the great Marine he was and just honor him every day. Remember him," said Mahoney.

Mahoney says Goyette, who was an RPI grad, was considering retirement and wanted to spend more time with his family and be a farmer on his land downstate.

Friday, the Goyette family said in a statement:

"We are still in shock and preparing for what the days ahead will bring. it is surreal, and our family is pulling together with our marine family and doing the best we can.”

Governor Cuomo ordered flags fly at half-staff Monday to remember the servicemen killed in Monday’s crash.

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