Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, of Brick, N.J., and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, Calif., had been killed in the crash on San Clemente Island and three others on board had been injured, in response to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal,” mentioned Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). “Their stage of dedication to the 160th SOAR (A) and their exemplary service in the Army is the embodiment of what it means to be a Night Stalker and a Soldier.
“Our precedence now could be to make sure the Families of our fallen warriors obtain our full assist as we work by this tragedy collectively. We ask that you just maintain Staff Sgt. Marketta, Sgt. Shelton, their Families and fellow Night Stalkers in your ideas and prayers.”
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command was conducting routine coaching off the coast of Coronado, Calif. – throughout the bay from downtown San Diego – when an “plane incident” occurred, an Army public affairs officer mentioned, in response to FOX 5 in San Diego.
The Army hasn’t disclosed every other particulars in regards to the crash.
The island, about 78 miles west of Coronado, is run by Naval Base Coronado, however is a part of Los Angeles County.
Marketta enlisted in 2011 and had deployed a number of occasions to the Middle East.
Shelton enlisted in 2016 and had deployed to Afghanistan.
Marketta’s awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with “V” for valor and Shelton’s included the Army Good Conduct Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Both Marketta and Shelton will obtain the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously, in response to the Union-Tribune.
This is the second lethal coaching incident in California this summer season.
Last month, eight Marines and a sailor had been killed when an Assault Amphibious Vehicle sank close to San Clemente Island.