U.S. Marines die while training in Australia
On August 5, 2017, three service members lost their lives while the U.S. military was training along with the Australian military at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia.
An MV-22 aircraft carrying 29 marines attempted a landing on a navy ship that morning, but the landing ended in failure when the aircraft crashed into the water. Only 26 out of the 29 marines were found alive. Three of the marines were declared missing; their bodies were later discovered.
U.S aircraft carriers and boats went out to search for the three marines but failed to find them. On August 7, the Australian navy found the crashed site of the aircraft and stated that the three Marines were dead.
The Marine Corps said in a statement, “The aircraft involved in the mishap lad launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard and was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft entered the water.”
Benjamin R. Cross , Nathaniel Ordway,and Ruben Velasco were the three Marines who were found dead in the aircraft crash. Benjamin Cross was a V-22 from Bethel, Maine. Nathaniel Ordway was also a V-22, from Wichita, Kansas. Ruben Velasco was a field artillery fire control marine from West Corina, California. Colonel Tye Wallace, said, “the marines left a lasting impression on the 31st MEU, the Marine Corps, and the world. "