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2nd Marine killed in military plane hard landing identified

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/ CNS) - The second Marine who died following the hard landing of a Camp Pendleton-based aircraft during a training mission in Hawaii was identified as Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Determan, 21, of Maricopa, Ariz. 

He died Tuesday of injuries sustained during an MV-22B Osprey mishap while conducting training at Marine Corps Training Area - Bellows. 

Determan was a rifleman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. He was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton prior to deploying with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. 

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

"Lance Cpl. Determan represents the best America has to offer," said Col Vance L. Cryer, commanding officer, 15th MEU. "Our country and our Corps are poorer for his loss, but his example will continue to inspire us."

"I also want to thank the medical staffs at Tripler Army Medical Center, The Queen's Medical Center, and Castle Medical Center for both your immediate response, and the compassion, professionalism, and skill you showed in caring for our Marines," he said.

The accident left 20 other Marines injured. Two of them remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon in stable condition.

The MV-22 Osprey, assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, went down Sunday while conducting routine training at Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, according to USMC public-affairs Capt. Brian Block.

The 15th MEU departed San Diego on May 10 for a seven-month deployment.

The I Marine Expeditionary Force is heading an investigation into the cause of the crash, which took place in a training area in Waimanalo, on the island of Oahu.


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