The second Marine from the Camp Pendleton-based 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to die from injuries sustained in Sunday's aircraft crash during training in Hawaii has been identified.
Lance Cpl. Matthew Determan, 21, of Maricopa, Ariz., died Tuesday, two days after the crash of the tilt-rotor MV-22B Osprey, according to a Wednesday evening statement from Capt. Brian Block, a Marine Corps spokesman.
Determan was a rifleman stationed at Camp Pendleton before deploying with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
"Lance Cpl. Determan represents the best America has to offer," Col. Vance L. Cryer, the unit's commanding officer, said in the statement. "Our country and our Corps are poorer for his loss, but his example will continue to inspire us."
The first Marine to die was identified as Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron, 24, of Spokane, Wash. He was assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar before deploying with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Two Marines remain in the hospital in stable condition following the Osprey accident, the Marine Corps said Wednesday morning.
The crash occurred at Bellows Air Force Base in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu. The unit was training before deploying to the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf.
"We will continue our training, and we remain focused on ensuring that the MEU is fully prepared and postured as our nation’s global-response force," Cryer said.
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