Salvage operation update: Remains of three Marines recovered and identified
26 Jun 2019

The remains of three Marines recovered during the salvage operation for the December 6, 2018 aircraft mishap involving an F/A-18 and a KC-130J have been identified.


Recovered are:


Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, of New Bern, North Carolina.


Maj. James M. Brophy, 36, of Staatsburg, New York.


Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27, of Surprise, Arizona.


The remains of Herrmann, Brophy, and Flores will be released to their families in accordance with the families’ wishes.  At this time, we ask the media to respect the privacy of the families as they make final arrangements for their loved ones.


"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and all those who loved our fallen Warriors," said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, former commanding general of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. "I am extremely grateful for the professionalism, dedication, and support of those who brought our Marines home."


The salvage effort that took place from May 27 to June 7, 2019 additionally resulted in the recovery of the KC-130J cockpit voice recorder and the digital flight recorder.  The remains of Cpl. Daniel E. Baker, 21, of Tremont, Illinois and of Cpl. William C. Ross, 21, of Hendersonville, Tennessee were not recovered. 


The cause of the aircraft mishap remains under investigation.






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