INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – Governor Mike Pence has issued a statement following the October 1 death of Corporal Jordan Lee Spears, a Marine from Memphis, Indiana.
I was saddened to hear that Corporal Jordan Spears was killed in the line of duty last week. This fine young man is a hero to all Hoosiers, and I offer my sincerest condolences and prayers to his family, friends, and fellow Marines during this difficult time. I am grateful for Corporal Spears’ service to his country. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.
Twenty-one year-old Spears died after bailing out of his aircraft over the Persian Gulf. He enlisted in 2010 and was on his first deployment. A memorial service will held aboard the USS Makin Island, which is being hosted by Bahrain on a mission to support military operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Spears and another crewman bailed out of the MS-22 Osprey after takeoff from the ship. The pilot regained control and returned. The other crewman was rescued in stable condition.
Spears belonged to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton, California.