Ross Reynolds Wiki – Biography
Ross Reynolds was one of the four U.S. Marines killed in a crash during a training flight in Norway was a native of Massachusetts, officials revealed Sunday.
On Friday, the aircraft crashed in Norway during a NATO exercise called Cold Response 2022. Four Marines were killed, including Capt. Reynolds of Leominster.
He was 27 years old.
Four Marines killed when their aircraft crashed in northern Norway during a NATO drill on Friday was a Massachusetts native. He has been identified as 27-year-old Captain Ross A. Reynolds of Leominster.
The other Marines were identified as Captain Matthew J. Tomkiewicz, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Gunnery Sargent James W. Speedy, 30, of Cambridge, Ohio; and Corporal Jacob M. Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky.
Also killed in the crash were Capt. Matthew Tomkiewicz, of Indiana, another pilot; Gunnery Sgt. James Speedy, of Ohio; and Cpl. Jacob Moore, of Kentucky.
Their Osprey was on the way north to Bodoe, where it was scheduled to land just before 6 p.m. Friday. The aircraft crashed in Graetaedalen in Beiarn, south of Bodoe. Police said a search and rescue mission was launched immediately. At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, the police arrived at the scene and confirmed that the crew of four had died.
The Cold Response drill includes around 30,000 troops, 220 aircraft, and 50 vessels from 27 countries. Non-NATO members Finland and Sweden are also participating. The exercises began on March 14 and ended on April 1.
The first Cold Response exercise was held in 2006, and the drills are conducted every two years. They take place in southeastern, central, and northern Norway.
Reynolds, an Osprey pilot, joined the Marine Corps in May 2017.
He was taking part in a training mission Friday. It was not related to the war in Ukraine. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
“We are broken-hearted, left trying to imagine our lives without Ross. We are in shock and are devastated by his loss. We will miss his smile, his hugs, his laughter. We will miss his energy and goodness. Ross was so caring, compassionate, and committed to his country and being the best son, brother, husband, son-in-law, nephew, cousin, uncle, brother-in-law, friend, and Marine that he could be. We appreciate all those who have reached out to support us at this difficult time. We pray for Ross and the other Marines lost in this tragic accident.
“Our hearts go out to their families and their loved ones. We share their grief and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers. As well as the rest of his squadron, that now has to fill a large void in their lives. And we pray for our daughter-in-law Lana. She was the light of his life. They had so many plans. So much ahead of them. We are in shock, trying to come to terms with our loss. We ask that you respect our privacy, as we console and comfort each other during this difficult time,” his family said.