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    Remains of Marines, Sailor from 15th MEU transferred to Dover AFB

    Remains of Marines, Sailor with 15th MEU transferred to Dover AFB

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Kassie McDole | U.S. Marines and Sailors with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine...... read more read more

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, UNITED STATES

    08.12.2020

    Story by Staff Sgt. Kassie McDole  

    15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The remains of seven Marines and a Sailor recovered Aug. 7 off the coast of San Clemente Island following a July 30 assault amphibious vehicle mishap were transferred Aug. 12 to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.

    Six pallbearers of Marines and Sailors escorted each casket aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III bound for Dover AFB for final preparation for burial before being released to their families for final arrangements.

    Transferred were:

    Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 18, of Corona, California

    Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello, California

    Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin

    Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (Fleet Marine Force) Christopher Gnem, 22, of Stockton, California

    Pfc. Jack-Ryan Ostrovsky, 20, of Bend, Oregon

    Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 22, of Harris, Texas

    Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 18, of Portland, Oregon

    Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside, California

    The remains of Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 19, of New Braunfels, Texas, who also died in the AAV mishap July 30, were transferred to Dover AFB on Aug. 5 from MCAS Miramar.

    The ages of the deceased have been updated, as a previous press release listed them incorrectly.

    Gnem was posthumously advanced to the rank of petty officer third class and posthumously awarded his enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist qualification, having met the criteria set by the Navy for both before his death.

    We ask that the privacy of the families be respected as they make final arrangements for their loved ones.

    The cause of the July 30 incident is under investigation.

    Imagery of the recovery efforts and transfer of remains will be available at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/15thmeurecovery.

    Media should direct all queries to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Communication Strategy and Operations Office at kassie.mcdole@usmc.mil.

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    Date Taken: 08.12.2020
    Date Posted: 08.12.2020 21:29
    Story ID: 375857
    Location: MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, US 

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