- Six Marines died after an F/A-18 fighter collided with a KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker last week.
- The Marine Corps identified the deceased in an official statement Wednesday.
- The youngest of the group was 21 years old, while the oldest was 38 and had been with the Corps for 16 years.
The US Marine Corps has identified the six Marines who were killed when their planes crashed off the coast of Japan last week.
On Dec. 6, an F/A-18 Hornet collided with a KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker, sending both aircraft into the sea. Only one of the two fighter pilots walked away from the crash, and all five of the tanker crew members were lost. The lone survivor was released from the hospital Tuesday.
Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard, a 28-year-old F/A-18 pilot, was declared deceased last Friday, while American and Japanese forces continued to search for the KC-130 crew members, who were officially declared dead Tuesday when military search and rescue efforts concluded.
The five Marines who were killed serving aboard the aerial refuelling tanker were Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, Maj. James M. Brophy, 36, Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27, Cpl. Daniel E. Baker, 21, and Cpl. William C. Ross, 21. The oldest member had served in the Marine Corps for 16 years. Three were married, two with children.
The Marines released the following video honouring the dead.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the names of our fallen Marines,” U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mitchell T. Maury, the commanding officer for the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), said in a statement Wednesday. “They were exceptional aviators, Marines, and friends whom will be eternally missed. Our thoughts and prayers remain with their families and loved ones at this extremely difficult time.”
Heavy hearts, Corps wide. ‘Til Valhalla, Marines. https://t.co/RKnz3b7uD0
— Robert B. Neller (@GenRobertNeller) December 12, 2018
The Corps has suffered a number of deadly aviation mishaps in recent years, including a KC-130T crash in Mississippi last year that killed 15 Marines and a sailor.
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