The Marine Corps has identified the pilot of an F/A-18D Hornet who died after his fighter crashed along with a KC-130J Hercules off Japan as Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard, officials said on Friday.

  • Resilard, 28, was pronounced dead after being rescued off the coast of Kochi, Japan, on Dec. 6, a Marine Corps news release said. Another Marine aviator aboard the Hornet survived the crash.
  • The five Marines aboard the KC-130J crash have not yet been located. Search and rescue efforts are continuing for a second day.
    Resilard was an F/A-18 pilot with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, the Marine Corps news release said. His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.
  • “The Bats are deeply saddened by the loss of Capt. Jahmar Resilard,” his squadron commander Lt. Col. James Compton said in the news release. “He was an effective and dedicated leader who cared for his Marines and fellow fighter pilots with passion. His warm and charismatic nature bound us together and we will miss him terribly. We honor his service and his contribution to the Marine Corps and our great nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
  • The two aircraft went down about 200 miles off the Japanese coast around 2 a.m. local time on Dec. 6. Investigators are looking into what caused the incident.

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