Fallen Hero SGT Owen E. Lennon, US Marines” title=

SGT Owen E. Lennon

August 9, 1990 – July 10, 2017
U.S. Marines

Owen Lennon’s family has stated that Owen took great pride in being a Marine and has been described as a ‘fine young man with an unmistakable presence.’ Owen proved himself as a Marine quickly, becoming one of the youngest flight engineers in the Corps. He was deployed to Afghanistan and over the years his work took him to the far corners of the world.

The Marines named Owen Lennon ‘Marine of the year’ in 2013, putting his name on a KC-130T refueling plane, the same craft in which he would later lose his life. Owen was one of Fifteen Marines and one Navy Corpsman who died on that fateful day in July of 2017 when a KC-130T crashed in a Mississippi field.

Owen Lennon graduated from Ramapo High School in Pomona, NY where he played football and tennis. He studied criminal justice for two years at the University of New Haven before joining the Marines. He was then stationed at Stewart Air National Guard base after boot camp in Parris Island. He was sent from Stewart on the mission to Mississippi where he lost his life.

“Owen had recently purchased his first home in Montgomery, New York with the love of his life, Jenn”, a family statement read, “When not in the air, Owen could be found running in his neighborhood with their two small dogs, hiking with his friends in the surrounding mountains, or having family dinners with his parents, Owen and Rosemarie, and sisters, Kelly and Rachel.”

We extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt gratitude to the family of this remarkable young man, whose portrait I was honored to paint.

Portrait sponsored by:
Gold Star parents Mike and Lisa DeLaCruz, ‘paying it forward’ by requesting this portrait for their special friends, the Lennon’s.