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U.S. military officials have identified the three Marines killed after their aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia.

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The three men remain missing and were declared dead by the military on Tuesday. They were among 26 Marines on board an MV-22 Osprey that crashed off the coast of Queensland state on Saturday.

The U.S. Marine base Camp Butler in Japan said the victims were 26-year-old 1st Lt. Benjamin Cross of Oxford, Maine; 21-year-old Cpl. Nathaniel Ordway of Sedgwick, Kansas; and 19-year-old Pfc. Ruben Velasco of Los Angeles.


The Australian Navy found the wreckage of the aircraft on Monday.

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