5 U.S. Marines who had been lacking and declared lifeless after a collision involving a fighter jet and one other navy aircraft off the coast of Japan final week had been recognized Wednesday. The Marines mentioned that circumstances of the accident are nonetheless below investigation.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the names of our fallen Marines,” Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mitchell T. Maury mentioned in a press release. Maury is the commander of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, to which the 5 Marines had been assigned.
“They had been distinctive aviators, Marines, and buddies whom shall be eternally missed. Our ideas and prayers stay with their households and family members at this extraordinarily tough time,” he mentioned.
Seven Marines had been concerned and 6 of these died within the accident that occurred when a KC-130 refueling plane carrying 5 crew members and an F/A-18 fighter jet carrying two others collided. Each plane crashed into the ocean about 200 miles off the coast on Dec. 6.
Two Marines had been rescued after the crash, certainly one of whom, Capt. Jahmar Resilard of Miramar, Florida, later died. The Marine who survived was handled and launched from the hospital, Marines spokesman Capt. Christopher Harrison mentioned Wednesday.
The 5 Marines who had been lacking and declared lifeless had been recognized Wednesday as: Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, of New Bern, North Carolina; James M. Brophy, 36, of Staatsburg, New York; Workers Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27, of Shock, Arizona; Daniel E. Baker, 21, of Tremont, Illinois; and William C. Ross, 21, of Hendersonville, Tennessee.
The Marines will make each effort to salvage the plane and get better the our bodies of the lacking Marines, Maj. Eric Flanagan mentioned in an e mail Wednesday.
“Each potential effort was made to get better our crew and I hope the households of those selfless People will discover consolation within the unbelievable efforts made by U.S., Japanese, and Australian forces throughout the search,” Lt. Gen. Eric M. Smith, commander of U.S. Marine Forces Japan, mentioned in a press release Tuesday afternoon native time (Monday night time ET).
The Marine Corps beforehand confirmed that the plane, each of which had been assigned to items of the first Marine Plane Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi, Japan, had been conducting a coaching mission when the accident occurred.
Herrmann served 16 years within the Marine Corps and was promoted to lieutenant colonel posthumously. He’s survived by his spouse and three daughters, the Marines mentioned.
Brophy served 12 years within the Marines and is survived by his spouse, son and daughter; Flores served 9 years and is survived by his spouse; Baker served two years and is survived by his dad and mom; and Ross additionally served two years and is survived by his mom and father, the Marine Corps mentioned.
Aerial refueling was a part of the coaching mission, however it’s unclear whether or not that was ongoing on the time of the accident, Flanagan mentioned.