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Cpl. William C. Ross identified as Hendersonville marine declared dead in crash off Japan's coast

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a man wearing a uniform: Cpl. William Ross, 21, of Hendersonville, identified as one of five marines killed in Japan crash © Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. Cpl. William Ross, 21, of Hendersonville, identified as one of five marines killed in Japan crash

The Marine Corps has identified Cpl. William C. Ross, 21, of Hendersonville, as one of the five marines believed to be dead after a refueling plane and a fighter jet collided and crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast last week.

Ross served two years in the Marine Corps.  His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to the Marine Corps.

The other identified marines are: 

  • Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, of New Bern, North Carolina. Served 16 years in the Marine Corps.  His decorations include the Air Medal with twenty-four Strike Flight Awards, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. He was promoted to the rank of Lt. Col. posthumously.
  • Maj. James M. Brophy, 36, of Staatsburg, New York. Served 12 years in the Marine Corps.  His decorations include the Air Medal with two Strike Flight Awards, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
  • Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27, of Surprise, Arizona. Served nine years in the Marine Corps.  His decorations include one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star.  He is survived by his wife.
  • Cpl. Daniel E. Baker, 21, of Tremont, Illinois. Served two years in the Marine Corps.  His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.  He is survived by his mother and father.

The Marine Corps pronounced the men as deceased at the conclusion of search and rescue operations Tuesday, a release states.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the names of our fallen Marines," said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mitchell T. Maury, commanding officer of VMGR-152.  "They were exceptional aviators, Marines, and friends whom will be eternally missed.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with their families and loved ones at this extremely difficult time."

The circumstances of the aircraft mishap are currently under investigation.

The Marine Corps, in a statement, said they were focused on taking care of the marines and their families. 

"One way we ensure families receive everything they need is to keep them personally updated in the aftermath of incidents and to give them time before making the announcement public.  We ask that media please respect their privacy during this challenging time," the statement read.

a plane flying over a body of water: In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Japan's Coast Guard ship, top, and U.S. military plane are seen at sea off Kochi, southwestern Japan, during a search and rescue operation for missing crew members of a U.S. Marine refueling plane and fighter jet. The U.S. Marine Corps have declared that five crewmembers dead after their aircraft crashed last week off Japan’s southern coast and that their search has ended. © Kyodo News via AP, File In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Japan's Coast Guard ship, top, and U.S. military plane are seen at sea off Kochi, southwestern Japan, during a search and rescue operation for missing crew members of a U.S. Marine refueling plane and fighter jet. The U.S. Marine Corps have declared that five crewmembers dead after their aircraft crashed last week off Japan’s southern coast and that their search has ended.

 A GoFundMe campaign for Ross was started this week and states it will help with any costs or needs of his family, and anything that is raised and not used will go towards helping the families of the other six Marines involved.

"Anyone who knows Carter Ross would say he is an amazing person all around," writes creator Katelin Bridges on the site. "Carter is a 2015 Hendersonville High School graduate. He is one of the silliest and most compassionate people you will ever meet."

Includes reporting by Amy Nixon.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Cpl. William C. Ross identified as Hendersonville marine declared dead in crash off Japan's coast

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