Marine 1st Lt. Benjamin Cross is presumed dead along with two other Marines after their MV-22 Osprey crashed off the northeast coast of Australia Saturday.
The accident reportedly occurred while attempting to land the aircraft on a Navy ship.
1st Lt. Cross, a Marine aviator, graduated from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA in 2013.
Cross had been training in Australia for the past three months.
A native of Bethel, Maine, Cross attended VMI on a Naval ROTC scholarship.
The rescue effort, which saved 23 of the 26 service members onboard, was suspended Sunday, and the Australian navy located the underwater wreck on Monday.