Catlettsburg, Kentucky man is one of four Marines killed in NATO exercise
Published 12:56 pm Monday, March 21, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps has identified the four Marines who died when their Osprey aircraft crashed Friday night in a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle during a NATO exercise.
The men, all assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing stationed on Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, were identified as:
- Cpl. Jacob M. Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky.
- Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Capt. Ross A. Reynolds, 27, of Leominster, Massachusetts.
- Gunnery Sgt. James W. Speedy, 30, of Cambridge, Ohio.
In a statement issued Sunday night, the Marine Corps said the bodies were removed from the crash site and were in the process of being returned to the U.S. A spokesperson did not have an update on Monday morning about the timing for their return.
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The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but Norwegian police reported bad weather in the area. Officials in Norway said the MV-22B Osprey crashed in Graetaedalen in Beiarn, south of Bodoe.