Lost U.S. Marine had VA ties; VMI graduate

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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.