Missing Men: Update

| August 5, 2020

The remains of the AAV and some of the missing have been found.

From the article:  The Marine amphibious assault vehicle that sank off the coast of California last week has been located in 385 feet of water, along with the remains of at least some of the missing service members, officials announced Tuesday.

Marine Corps and Navy officials positively identified the location of the AAV on Monday, according to I Marine Expeditionary Force. The Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command used a remotely operated undersea search-and-rescue ship to confirm that remains of the missing are inside the 26-ton vehicle, which sank July 30.

“The Navy has expedited the movement of assets to recover the remains of the Marines and Sailor, as well as raise the AAV,” a Marine Corps statement said. “The equipment to properly and safely perform the recovery from the sea floor will be in place at the end of this week, and a dignified transfer of our Marines and Sailor will occur as soon as possible after the conclusion of recovery operations.” – article

The full article is here:  https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/08/04/marines-locate-sunken-aav-remains-of-some-missing-troops.html

Dangerous work has its price.

Rest in peace, all of them.

Category: Marines, Navy, Search and Rescue

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  1. Martinjmpr says:

    Semper Fi and RIP, Marines.

    The military is a dangerous job even when nobody is shooting at you.

  2. 2banana says:

    When you take the oath you sign a blank check with your life a collateral.

    Most folks don’t understand.


  3. Sapper3307 says:

    Young first termers.

  4. ninja says:

    US Navy Hospitalman Christopher “Bobby” Gnem, age 22 of Stockton, California, also lost his life:


    Rest In Peace to these Marines:

    Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas; Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 19, of Corona, California; Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello, California; Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, of Bend, Oregon; Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 23, of Harris, Texas; Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 19, of Portland, Oregon; and Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside, California.

    Prayers and Condolences to their Families and Love Ones.

  5. KoB says:

    The end result was not what we wanted, but, deep down, it was the one we expected. They knew the job could be dangerous and they took it anyway.

    God Speed, Fare the Well, and Rest in Peace Warriors. May God’s Peace bring His Comfort to your Families and Compatriots.

    Thanks for the update, and Thanks to our ninja for the added info. rtr