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Rep. Napolitano’s Statement on Passing of United States Marine Ruben Velasco

August 8, 2017
Press Release

(EL MONTE, CA)  Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) issued the following statement after the untimely death of Private First Class (Pfc.) Ruben Velasco, United States Marine Corps, a native of the City of West Covina:

“Our hearts are filled with deep sadness today as we mourn the loss of a brave young Marine, taken far too soon. Pfc. Velasco loved his country, choosing to serve in uniform after graduating from high school, and his dedication and sacrifice will never be forgotten. He also loved his family and will be sorely missed by them and the entire West Covina community. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Ruben’s family and all of the families, friends, and loved ones touched by this tragedy.”

Pfc. Ruben Velasco was one of three Marines killed when a U.S. Marine Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the coast of Australia during a training mission when attempting to land on the USS Green Bay on Saturday. The Osprey struck the ship's stern as it descended and fell into the water. Ships, small boats, and helicopters pulled 23 Marines from the water but were unable to recover Pfc. Velasco and two others who could not get out before the Osprey sank.


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