Remains of Marines killed in a KC-130J crash last year have been recovered

news
F/A-18D - KC-130 Crash: In Remembrance

The remains of Marines killed in a 2018 crash of a KC-103J Hercules off Japan have been recovered and are being transported to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, for identification, officials have announced.

The KC-130J aerial tanker and an F/A-18D Hornet went down on Dec. 6, 2018 during an exercise roughly 200 miles of the Japanese coast. The Hornet's pilot Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard was pronounced dead after being rescued. Another Marine aviator aboard the Hornet survived.


All five Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 on the aerial tanker were killed: Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38; Maj. James M. Brophy, 36; Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27; Cpl. Daniel E. Baker, 21; and Cpl. William C. Ross, 21.

The fallen Marines' remains were recovered as part of a salvage effort of the KC-130J crash site, III Marine Expeditionary Force announced in a news release.

"At this time, the number and identity of those recovered is not known," the news release says.

The salvage effort also recovered the KC-130J's cockpit voice recorder and digital flight recorder, which will be analyzed at Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

SEE ALSO: Investigation Excoriates Air Force, Navy For 2017 Marine Corps KC-130 Crash That Killed 16

WATCH NEXT: 2017 Marine Corps KC-130 Crash Recreation

Lorena Mendez hung up on a representative from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation when the organization called to offer her a mortgage-free home as a widow of a serviceman.

She assumed it was a scam.

Mendez is the widow of Marine Lance Cpl. Norberto Mendez-Hernandez, who enlisted in the Marines in 2010 and was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. He was 22 years old.

At the time, his son Anthony was 3 years old and he had a newborn daughter, Audrey.

"I hung up on them a couple of times before I Googled them and then I called them back crying," Mendez said as she stood in the kitchen of her new home Tuesday in Horizon City. Her children, now 11 and 9, stood next to her, smiling.

Read More

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban will implement a 10-day ceasefire with U.S. troops, a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in talks in Doha, two sources have said.

If an agreement is sealed, it could revive hopes for a long-term solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Read More
U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Dan Mennuto

The Defense Department announced on Friday that training would resume for international military students — once some additional policies and security measures were put in place.

Read More

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives committee renewed a threat on Friday to subpoena Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if he does not provide information about Iran policy and President Donald Trump's ordering of the strike that killed an Iranian military commander.

Representative Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he scheduled a public hearing with Pompeo for Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Read More
Abu Abdul Bari (Twitter/@AliBaroodi)

Iraqi security forces earlier this week captured a larger-than-life ISIS official so massive that authorities were forced to haul him off in the bed of a police pickup truck after his arrest.

Read More