Marines who died in Osprey crash off eastern Australia identified

Marines who died in Osprey crash off eastern Australia identified

By Loree Lewis   
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An MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 reinforced, takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during Talisman Saber. July 5, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Villegas/ Released)

WASHINGTON – The Marine Corps has identified the three Marines declared dead after their MV-22B Osprey crashed Saturday off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

They are:

26-year-old Lt. Benjamin R. Cross of Oxford, Maine
21-year-old Cpl. Nathaniel F. Ordway of Sedgwick, Kansas
19-year-old Pfc. Ruben P. Velasco of Los Angeles, California

The men were declared dead after extensive search and rescue efforts. Their remains were not recovered.

The Osprey crashed with 26 crew onboard while on final approach to the USS Green Bay during routine operations.

The incident remains under investigation.

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