The three U.S. Marines who were killed when a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey crashed on Melville Island, in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia on Sunday, have been identified.
Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) identified the three Marines as Cpl. Spencer R. Collart, Capt. Eleanor V. LeBeau, and Maj. Tobin J. Lewis.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of three respected and beloved members of the MRF-D family,” Col. Brendan Sullivan, commanding officer of MRF-D, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and with all involved.”
The MV-22B Osprey carrying the three Marines, who were among the 23 passengers on the aircraft crashed at about 9:30 a.m. local time during joint military exercises between the US, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. All the survivors were taken to Royal Darwin Hospital. Among them, three Marines remain hospitalized, with one in critical condition and two in stable condition. The rest have been released.
Who were Spencer Collart, Eleanor LeBeau, Tobin Lewis?
Collart, 21, was from Arlington, Virginia, who served as the MV-22B crew chief. LeBeau, 29, was from Belleville, Illinois, who served as the MV-22B pilot. Lewis, 37, is from Jefferson, Colorado, another MV-22B pilot who was also the executive officer.
All three were members of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 363 (Reinforced), which provides the Marine Air-Ground Task Force with assault support and was currently supporting Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) in multinational military exercises in Australia.
According to Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, Collart, LeBeau, and Lewis first enlisted in 2020, 2018, and 2008, respectively. All of them had received various medals and ribbons for their service.
On Oct. 26, 2020, Collart enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was promoted to the rank of corporal on Feb. 1, 2023. He was previously stationed in Pensacola, Florida, and Jacksonville, North Carolina before being placed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay.
On Aug. 11, 2018, LeBeau was commissioned in the Marine Corps and was promoted to the rank of captain on March 1, 2023. She was previously stationed in Pensacola, Florida, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jacksonville, North Carolina, before joining the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay.
On Aug. 22, 2008, Lewis was commissioned in the Marine Corps and was promoted to the rank of major on Oct. 1, 2018. He has served in Pensacola, Florida, Corpus Christi, Texas, Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Okinawa, Japan, before joining the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay.
Collart and LeBeau both received the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Lewis received two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, according to the U.S. Marines.