Marine from New Bern killed in aircraft crash off Japan

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) - The U.S. Marine Corps has declared the five missing Marines from last Thursday's aircraft crash off the coast of Japan dead, including a Marine from New Bern.

Lt. Colonel Kevin Herrmann was a KC-130 pilot commissioned in 2002.

A KC-130 collided with an FA-18 fighter jet off the coast of Japan during a training exercise last week. Both aircraft crashed into the ocean.

The KC-130 Hercules was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152, call sign "Sumo"), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

"Every possible effort was made to recover our crew and I hope the families of these selfless Americans will find comfort in the incredible efforts made by US, Japanese, and Australian forces during the search," said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commanding general, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Two Marines were rescued after the crash and one of them later died.

Search and rescue efforts were suspended on Monday.

Herrmann graduated from New Bern High School, after his father, retired Col Kevin Herrmann, was transferred to North Carolina. He then attended Appalachian State University.

He is survived by a wife and three daughters, ages 12, 10, and 7, according to the Marine Corps.

Herrmann was stationed in Japan as the executive officer for his squadron.

The Marine Corps says each Marine's next of kin has been notified.