From left to right: Ross A. Reynolds, Matthew J. Tomkiewicz, James W. Speedy and Jacob M. Moore
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps has identified the four Marines who died when their Osprey plane 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:
- Captain Matthew J. Tomkiewicz, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Captain Ross A. Reynolds, 27, of Leominster, Massachusetts
- Artillery Sergeant. James W. Speedy, 30, of Cambridge, Ohio
- Cpl. Jacob M. Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky
In a statement late Sunday, a Marine Corps spokesperson said the bodies had been removed from the crash site and were being returned to the United States.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but Norwegian police reported bad weather in the area.
Norwegian officials said the MV-22B Osprey crashed at Graetaedalen in Beiarn, south of Bodoe.
Reynolds’ family said in a statement Sunday that they were heartbroken trying to imagine their lives without him. They said he was caring, compassionate and committed, not only to his country, but also to his family.
“His smile, his hugs, his laughter will be missed,” the statement read. “His energy and kindness will be missed.
They said Reynolds and his wife, Lana, had so many plans and so many things ahead of them. They said they appreciate everyone who has reached out to support them and asked for privacy as they grieve.
Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella said on social media that Reynolds and his family were always at the center of veterans and community events in the city, with Reynolds usually holding the American flag.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said “the Marines who tragically died in the crash are all heroes.”
In a statement late Sunday, the Marine Corps said the bodies had been removed from the crash site and were being returned to the United States. A spokesperson did not have an update Monday morning on when they will return.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but Norwegian police reported bad weather in the area. Norwegian officials said the MV-22B Osprey crashed at Graetaedalen in Beiarn, south of Bodoe.