VMI Alumnus Killed In Osprey Accident Near Australia

Darryl Woodson







A Virginia Military Institute alumnus was among the three Marines killed after their MV-22 Osprey crashed off the northeast coast of Australia Saturday.

Marine 1st Lt. Benjamin Cross, VMI class of ’13, was officially declared dead Monday, along with the two other missing Marines.

The accident occurred while attempting to land the aircraft on a Navy ship.

The rescue effort, which saved 23 of the 26 service members onboard, was suspended Sunday, and the Australian navy located the underwater wreck on Monday.

Cross was a Marine aviator, and had been training in Australia for the past three months.  The Osprey was part of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Okinawa.

According to a VMI statement, Cross was a native of Bethel, Maine, and attended VMI on a Naval ROTC scholarship.

While at VMI, Cross held the rank of Company G 1st Platoon lieutenant in the corps of cadets, was an economics and business major, and was a member of the scuba club.


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