TREMONT, Ill. — The family of fallen Tremont Marine Daniel Baker is speaking out after it was reported that human remains from the December 2018 mid-air collision have been recovered and are being identified.
The collision took the lives of six Marines, including Cpl. Baker.
Wednesday, the family said:
The Baker family is grateful to the Navy and Marines for all they are doing to investigate the cause of the December 6 incident and to search for and return as many of the crew of the downed KC130J as possible. It will likely be a number of days before we know the identities of the recovered remains.
Regardless of the location of Daniel’s physical remains on this earth, we have peace and comfort knowing that his eternal soul rests and rejoices with our savior Jesus Christ in heaven.
We appreciate the love, care and support that we have received from around the world these past six months. The public display of honor and respect shown for Daniel at the service last December was an overwhelming tribute. No additional public service is planned at this time.
The other men declared dead are Lt. Col. Kevin Herrmann, 38, of North Carolina, Maj. James Brophy, 36, of New York, Staff Sgt. Maximo Flores, 27, of Arizona and Cpl. WIlliam Ross, 21, of Tennessee.
The remains were found during a salvage operation off the coast of Japan May 27 to June 7 and are set to be sent to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for a formal identification. The number and identity of those recovered is not known, the Marines said in a statement.
The Marines also paid tribute to the fallen six:
“We reaffirm our deepest sympathy for all affected by this tragedy and those grieving the loss of the six Marines who perished in this accident. We also would like to express our sincere gratitude for the cooperation and expertise of the underwater salvage team.“
The cause of the December 2018 aircraft mishap remains under investigation.
Baker graduated from Tremont High School in 2015.