Wreckage of US military plane found off Australia

Corporal Nathan Ordway

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Officials say the submerged wreckage of a U.S. military aircraft has been found two days after it crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia. Three Marines who were on board the plane remain missing and are presumed dead. One of those is Corporal Nathan Ordway from Sedgwick.

The Marine Corps said in a news release Monday Ordway’s decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

“The loss of every Marine is felt across our entire Marine Corps family. To the families of the brave Marines we lost – there is no way for us to understand what you are going through,” said Col. Tye R. Wallace, Commanding Officer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. “What we do know is that your Marines left a lasting impression on the 31st MEU, the Marine Corps, and the world. They will live on forever in our thoughts and our hearts. You will always be a part of the Marine Corps family, and you will remain in our prayers.”

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne says an Australian Navy ship helped locate the wreckage of the MV-22 Osprey on Monday off the coast of Queensland state. Marine officials say the aircraft was conducting regularly scheduled operations on Saturday when it crashed into the water.

The Marine base Camp Butler in Japan said a navy dive team plans to start the process of recovering the plane Monday night.

The United States Marine Corps posted a video to its Facebook page Tuesday honoring the three Marines who remain missing. The two other missing Marines are 1st Lt. Benjamin R. Cross, 26, of Bethel, Maine and Pfc. Ruben P. Velasco, 19, of West Covina, California.

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