Three weeks ago a Marine MV-22 Osprey struck the USS Bonhomme while training in the waters off the coast of Australia. 23 survivors were picked up and three Marines were lost. Eventually, the search was called off to locate the missing Marines, but now those three have been recovered and their remains are on their way home, according to Military.com.
The missing Marines were identified by the Marine Corps: Captain Benjamin Cross (awarded posthumously), 26, of Oxford, Maine; crew chief Cpl. Nathaniel F. Ordway, 21, of Sedgwick, Kansas; and LCpl. Ruben P. Velasco (awarded posthumously), 19, of Los Angeles, a field artillery fire control .
“The loss of every is felt across our entire Corps family. The families of the brave we lost — there is no way for us to understand what you are going through,” Col. Tye R. Wallace, commanding of the 31st Expeditionary Unit, said in a statement.
“What we do know is that your left a lasting impression on the 31st MEU, the Corps, and the world. They will live on forever in our thoughts and our hearts.”
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