WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers honors the memory of the four U.S. Marines who were killed in Norway over the weekend when their Osprey helicopter crashed during a training exercise. The four Marines killed were Corporal Jacob M. Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky; Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Capt. Ross A. Reynolds, 27, of Leominster, Massachusetts; and Gunnery Sgt. James W. Speedy, 30, of Cambridge, Ohio.
The Marine Corps notified Congressman Rogers that the aircraft was conducting training in Norway as part of Exercise COLD RESPONSE 22 at the time of the incident. The incident is under investigation by both Norwegian and U.S. organizations.
“Eastern Kentucky tragically lost a heroic son over the weekend when U.S. Marine Corporal Jacob M. Moore, from Catlettsburg, Kentucky, died during an Osprey training exercise with three other Marines in Norway.
"Cpl. Moore bravely signed up to serve his nation at all costs and was diligently executing a joint NATO exercise as part of Exercise COLD RESPONSE 22 at the time of the fatal helicopter crash.
"While we await answers from the Department of Defense about the cause of the crash, may we all pause to honor the memory of our brave Marine from Boyd County who was putting his training to the test to improve national defense for the United States and our allies.
"During his service over the last four years, Cpl. Moore received the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. This nation owes a great debt of gratitude for the service of the four Marines who lost their lives on our behalf.
"I join the people of Eastern Kentucky in extending my deepest heartfelt sympathies to Cpl. Moore’s friends and family members and pray that the peace of God will provide the strength necessary for the days ahead.”