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Five Missing Marines Declared Dead After KC-130 Crash Off Japan
Five Marines aboard a KC-130J Hercules who have been missing since a Dec. 6 crash have been declared dead, ending search and rescue operations, Corps officials have announced.
- “Every possible effort was made to recover our crew and I hope the families of these selfless Americans will find comfort in the incredible efforts made by US, Japanese, and Australian forces during the search,” Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force, said in a news release.
- The families of all five Marines have been notified, a Marine Corps news release says. The Defense Department announces the names of service members killed 24 hours after next of kin notification.
- A total of six Marines were killed in the Dec. 6 crash. In addition to the Marines on the KC-130, a Marine aviator aboard an F/A-18D Hornet died when the two planes went down about 200 miles off the Japanese coast. Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard was an F/A-18 pilot assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
- The two planes were flying a training exercise at the time of the crash, the news release says. Investigators have not yet determined if the crash happened during the aerial refueling part of the exercise.
- The KC-130 was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (call sign "Sumo"), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, the Marine Corps news release says.
- "All of us in the Sumo family are extremely saddened following the announcement of the conclusion of search and rescue operations," squadron commander Lt. Col. Mitchell T. Maury said in the news release. “We know this difficult decision was made after all resources were exhausted in the vigorous search for our Marines. Our thoughts are heavy and our prayers are with all family and friends of all five aircrew.”
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Seaman Ethan W. Tucker, 21, was arrested August 28 after a seven-month Coast Guard investigation into the January death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who served on the same ship as Tucker— the Kodiak, Alaska-based high endurance cutter Douglas Munro.
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and "crush the heads of terrorists" if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the area were not fully implemented.
Erdogan agreed on Thursday in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a five-day pause in the offensive to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a "safe zone" Turkey aims to establish in northeast Syria near the Turkish border.
President Trump stoked confusion Friday by declaring the U.S. has "secured the Oil" in the Middle East amid continued fallout from the Turkish invasion of northern Syria that he enabled by pulling American troops out of the region.
It wasn't immediately clear what the president was talking about, as there were no publicly known developments in Syria or elsewhere in the Middle East relating to oil. White House aides did not return requests for comment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state has found no evidence of deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees.
The investigation, the results of which were released on Friday by Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's office, centered on whether Clinton, who served as the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, jeopardized classified information by using a private email server rather than a government one.
BYESVILLE — A Meadowbrook High School student removed from class last Friday for being intoxicated is now facing a felony charge after allegedly threatening to shoot people if the previous incident harmed his chances to join a branch of the United States military.
Gabriel D. Blackledge, 18, of Cambridge, is facing one count of making terrorist threats, a third-degree felony, filed by the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. Blackledge remained incarcerated in the county jail on a $250,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed, according to the sheriff's office's website.