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Family grieves for Marine lost in ISIS battle

Family grieves for Marine lost in ISIS battle
Family grieves for Marine lost in ISIS battle
Jordan Spears

A Marine with ties to Harrison County has been identified as the first United States casualty in the operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Persian Gulf.
Cpl. Jordan Spears, 21, of Memphis, was missing after he bailed out of an MV 22 Osprey that lost power and was in danger of crashing into the water. The pilot eventually regained control and landed.
Search crews rescued one crew member but could not find Spears.
Spears’ father, Greg, and mother, Cosette Fields, graduated from Corydon Central High School. Greg now works at Paul Primavera and Associates in Corydon. The corporal has many other family members in Harrison County, including two aunts, Paula Spears Dodge of Ramsey and Teresa Spears of Lanesville.
He was a tilt-rotor crew chief assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego and was deployed in July with the USS Makin Island to support U.S. military operations in the Middle East.
He enlisted in 2010 and was on his first deployment.
Survivors include five siblings, including a twin, Nathan.
‘We mourn the loss of Cpl. Jordan Spears, a brave Hoosier who answered his nation’s call and made the ultimate sacrifice for his country,’ Indiana Sen. Dan Coats said. ‘We will not forget his heroism and service.’
Col. Matthew Trollinger, commander of the Camp Pendleton-based 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said Spears ‘fulfilled a key role in our aviation combat element.’
The family will have a private memorial service.