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Memphis, Ind. Marine killed in operations against ISIS

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In the small town of Memphis, Indiana a quiet road leads to the childhood home of U.S. Marine Corporal, Jordan Spears. Cars fill the driveway as family comes together to remember his life. Spears is the first American to be killed in military operations fighting against ISIS. He died in the Arabian sea in a training mishap Wednesday.

“He loved the corps and was proud to be a United States Marine,” said his cousin Nina Smith.

Spears was a crewman aboard a V-22 aircraft which flew off the USS Makin Island. According to Navy reports the aircraft lost power shortly after take-off. As the aircraft was almost ready to crash Spears and another crewman bailed into the water. The pilots, however, recovered the aircraft moments later.

One crewman was recovered. The other, Jordan Spears, was declared by the Navy as lost at sea.

“He died doing what he loved,” said Smith.

Spears was two weeks shy of his fourth year with the Marines. This was his first deployment.

“Deployment is what he desired and he died in service to his country,” recalled Smith.

Spears leaves behind a large and very close-knit family. He was one of 19 grandchildren and had five siblings including a twin brother.

“We miss him, already of course. And we will miss him everyday forever.”

Family members say joining the Marines was something he always wanted. He enlisted even before graduating from Silver Creek High School. At only 21-years-old, he is remembered as a young hero.

“We're very very proud of what he did,” said Smith.

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