Marine killed in tilt-rotator aircraft crash in Hawaii was identified

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Marine killed during a crash landing in Hawaii was identified Tuesday.

Lance Cpl. Joshua E. Barron, 24, was fatally injured when the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed during a training mission at Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows on the island of Oahu.

The landing left 21 other Marines injured. 

According to a statement from the 15th MEU,  Barron, a tilt-rotor crew chief with Marine Medium Tilt-rotor Squadron 161, was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar before deploying with the 15th MEU, which departed San Diego on May 10 for a seven-month deployment.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and the families of all the Marines involved in Sunday’s crash,” 15th MEU Commanding Officer Col. Vance Cryer said. “If there is anything positive to relay in this situation, it is … the heroic, selfless actions of the Marines aboard the aircraft along with the quick life-saving actions of the civilian and military first responders.”

Cryer said the Marines of the 15th MEU would continue their training. 

“We appreciate the thoughts, prayers and support we have received as we continue to care for the injured and mourn our fallen Marine,” he said.

The I-Marine Expeditionary Force has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the landing. 

According to a statement on the 15th MEU’s Facebook page, the families of each Marine seriously injured in the crash have been notified. Those who sustained less severe injuries were assessed, treated and released back to their commands.

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