For Families of Fallen Marines and SailorWritten August 3, 2020
Our condolences, prayers, and thoughts go out to the family members of the Marines and Sailor, who died during the tragic AAV incident off the coast of San Diego on July 30, 2020.
Fallen Marines and Sailor
Our thoughts are with the families of the Marines and Sailor who died in this tragic accident. If you are the family member of one of these Marines or Sailor, please contact us with any questions or needs you may have.
The Department of Defense has released the names of the Marines and Sailor killed. They are:
- Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas
- Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 19, of Corona, California
- Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello, California
- Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin
- U.S. Navy Hospitalman Christopher Gnem, 22, of Stockton, California
- Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, of Bend, Oregon
- Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 23, of Harris, Texas
- Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 19, of Portland, Oregon
- Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside, California
Service Members Injured
Additional service members were injured during the incident. The names of those injured are not provided by the Department of Defense for privacy and HIPAA laws. Our prayers are with those service members as they recover.
To the Marines of 1/4
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines of 1/4, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, as they struggle with the injuries and deaths of their comrades in this tragic incident.
Donations to Family Members
If and when a financial need arises from a family member, we will publish that information and any fundraiser here on this page of our website.
MarineParents.com has received phone calls and emails from folks asking where to donate for the families. While the organization appreciates the offers, donating to the family members of fallen Marines for funeral expenses is not necessary. Fortunately, between Department of Defense funds and insurance policies, the families of our fallen heroes will not experience any immediate financial needs related to their Marine's death.
There are instances where we have done fundraisers for the families of our fallen Marines; in particular, we held a fundraiser in 2013 when the government had shut down, and the death benefits for family members were on hold. We raised funds to help the family members in that situation immediately. More recently, we raised money to fund Marines attending the funerals of two families whose Marine sons had died during training exercises.
We do accept donations to the organization in memory of recently fallen Marines if the family member requests us to receive donations in place of flowers, for example. We then build a donation page specific to that Marine's name.
We help Gold Star family members promote any memorials they may do in their Marine's name through our outreach program Gold Star Legacy.
Crowd Funding Platforms
Please be careful donating through crowd-funding platforms for the family members of the fallen Marines and Sailor. While some may be well-meaning with their intent, you do not know the purpose of the raised funds nor who the person is running the fundraiser.