By Tamas Mondovics
It took sometime to make what many feared true to be official that U.S. Marine Corps Corporal William “Carter” Ross of Hendersonville was declared deceased by the Marine Corps on December 11 after five days of search and rescue operations attempting to find five Marines involved in an accident between two aircraft off the coast of Japan on December 6.
Ross was recognized and remembered for his service and sacrifice during a recent ceremony by State officials including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder.
”All Tennesseans should be proud of this decorated U.S. Marine who made the ultimate sacrifice to help keep all Americans safe,” Haslam said. “We extend our condolences and prayers to Carter’s parents, his younger sisters and his friends.”
Ross, 21 a Sumner County native worked in aircraft maintenance and refueling with the intention of becoming a crew master in the Marine Corps.
According to officials, the KC-130 Hercules was assigned to the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The F/A-18 Hornet was assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242.
Ross was in the flight crew on the KC-130 at the time of the collision, which is currently under investigation.
The young Marine comes from a legacy of military service that dates back to World War I. After attending Hendersonville High School, Ross graduated from Aaron Academy in 2015 and enlisted in the Marine Corps a year later.
“Although the life and service of Corporal Ross were cut short by this tragic accident, his legacy will live not only with his grieving family but as a driving
force of our Volunteer spirit,” Grinder said. “We join his family in mourning the loss of Carter and respectfully pause to recognize their sacrifice for our country.”
Ross is survived by his parents Todd and Michelle Ross as well as his sisters Katherine and Sarah.
Memorial service for Ross was held on Saturday, December 22, 2018, in Hendersonville, TN.