Maine Marine Killed in Osprey Crash Laid to Rest

Family of Marine 1st Lt. Benjamin Cross

A Marine killed in a training crash off the coast of Australia is being laid to rest in Maine.

Marine Capt. Ben Cross was one of three Marines who died when an MV-22 Osprey crashed on Aug. 5. The 26-year-old grew up in Bethel and attended Telstar High School, where a celebration of life was held Saturday.

At Telstar, Cross was voted "most likely to succeed." He's remembered as an athlete and honor roll student with a strong moral compass who achieved his dream of flying.

Cross, a first lieutenant who was promoted posthumously to captain, was one of three Marines trapped in the Osprey.

His body arrived in Maine on Thursday with an escort. His burial with full military honors followed the event at the high school.

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