Marines in KC-130 Crash Near Japan Identified

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The search for five missing Marines in a KC-130 crash with an F/A-18 on December 6 was called off on Tuesday. The five men from the KC-130J were declared deceased by the Marine Corps, and identified as Maj. James Brophy, Lt. Col. Kevin Herrmann, Staff Sgt. Maximo Flores, Cpl. Daniel Baker and Cpl. William Carter Ross.

Military Times reported,

The two pilots, Herrmann and Brody, and aircrew members Flores, Ross, and Baker were assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, out of the Marine air station in Iwakuni, Japan.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the names of our fallen Marines,” Lt. Col. Mitchell T. Maury, commander of of VMGR-152, said in a command release. “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.”

Three of the deceased Marines were married and two had children.

The search was conducted by US, Japanese, and Australian forces over 900 hours, and 35,000 nautical miles. Of the seven persons involved in the crash, only one survived. He has been released from the hospital. The pilot of the F/A-18, Captain Jahmar Resilard, was found deceased on the day of the crash.

The III MEF posted the following in honor of the loss of their men:

Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann served 16 years in the Marine Corps. His decorations include the Air Medal with twenty-four Strike Flight Awards, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. He was promoted to the rank of Lt. Col. posthumously.

Maj. James M. Brophy served 12 years in the Marine Corps. His decorations include the Air Medal with two Strike Flight Awards, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores served nine years in the Marine Corps. His decorations include one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star. He is survived by his wife.

Cpl. Daniel E. Baker served two years in the Marine Corps. His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He is survived by his mother and father.

Cpl. William C. Ross served two years in the Marine Corps. His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He is survived by his mother and father.

The collision is still under investigation. These types of incidents are extremely tough on family members, especially at the Holiday season.

SSgt Flores’ father was a Marine. He told the Marine Corps Times,

“I preached the Corps to him…My legacy was fulfilled as soon as I was at the tarmac at MCRD California [Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego], hearing his company gunnery sergeant yell cadence out; I just started crying… He made rank so darn fast. He’s the Marine I wished I would have been. I just want all the prayers to go out to his wife Rebecca Flores.” Maximo Flores

Semper Fi, Marines.

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  • Patricia
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    God bless you all!! Thank you for your sacrifice, the ultimate one! Rest in peace! Your families are in my prayers!! Give them their real wings now Lord! Amen.

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