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Memphis, Ind., Marine killed in Persian Gulf

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- The Marine Corps has identified a 21-year-old corporal who died after bailing out of his aircraft over the Persian Gulf.

The service said Friday that Jordan Spears of Memphis, Indiana, 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 Wednesday from the ship. The pilot regained control and returned. The other crewman was rescued in stable condition.

Spears enlisted in the Marine Corps Oct. 14, 2010 out of Memphis, Indiana.

This was Spears' first deployment. His personal and service awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

"Cpl. Spears was a cherished member of our MEU family, and he fulfilled a key role in our aviation combat element. His absence will be felt throughout the unit. My heart goes out to his family, and they will remain in our thoughts and prayers," said Col. Matthew Trollinger, commanding officer of the 11th MEU.

Spears belonged to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton, California.

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