8 Marines, 1 sailor die in training accident off San Diego coast

Eight Marines and one sailor are presumed dead after their assault amphibious vehicle sank near San Clemente Island Thursday


The nine service members killed in a sinking amphibious transport near San Clemente Island Thursday were young men, ages 18 to 23, junior in rank and assigned to the same unit, the Marines said.

Cpl. Wesley Rodd, 23, of Harris, TX, was the oldest. Pfc. Bryan Baltierra, 18, of Corona, the youngest.

All were attached to Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Baltierra had just completed his first year in the Corps, having reported to boot camp in San Diego on July 29, 2019.

On Thursday the 16 troops were returning from training on San Clemente Island, about 70 miles west of San Diego, when their 26-ton assault amphibious vehicle began taking on water. Two other AAVs also had been returning and helped with the rescue.

From The San Diego Tribune

Prayers for the families of these young men.

Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 18, a rifleman from Corona, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, a rifleman from Montebello, Calif.

Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, a rifleman from Oak Creek, Wisc.

U.S. Navy Hospitalman Seaman Christopher Gnem, 22, a corpsman from Stockton, Calif.

Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, a rifleman from Bend, Ore.

Marine Lance Cpl. Guillermo Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas

Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 23, a rifleman from Harris, Texas

Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 18, a rifleman from Portland, Ore.

Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, a rifleman from Riverside, Calif.