TREMONT — Members of a Tremont family are asking for prayers as they await word on the fate of Daniel Baker, one of five missing Marines after a midair collision off the coast of Japan last week.
“The Baker family would like to thank all of our family and friends who are offering prayers and support in this difficult time,” said the family in a statement. “The search efforts are still underway and the family is in contact daily with the Marine Corps.
"Daniel had a strong faith in God, and his family is being supported and encouraged by that same shared faith," the statement continued. "Please pray for all of the service members and families involved in this accident.
"Please also pray for Daniel, and us, as we navigate this extremely difficult trial during this holiday season.”
Officially, Baker is listed as missing from duty due to involuntary reasons and listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown” by the military. The Marines, the Navy and the Japanese Navy are conducting the search.
The Tremont man and others went missing about 2 a.m. Thursday when a F/A-18 Super Hornet and a KC-130J Hercules tanker collided during training roughly 55 nautical miles southeast of Cape Muroto in the Kochi Prefecture of Japan.
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Seven crew members — two in the fighter and five in the aerial tanker — were initially missing. Two have been recovered. One of them, Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Fla., died.
The five crew members of the KC-130 remain missing.
Baker was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, which flies the KC-130J, a plane similar to the C-130H3 flown by the Illinois Air National Guard’s Peoria-based 182nd Airlift Wing.
Known as the Sumos, the 152nd is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan.
Baker is a 2015 Tremont High School graduate.