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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense.)

Army sergeant from Brick killed in aviation accident

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By David Wildstein, August 30 2020 4:17 pm

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, a native of Brick, was killed on August 27 from injuries related to an aircraft accident during aviation training on California.  He was 33.

“Staff Sgt. Marketta dedicated his life to service; the people of Ocean County, New Jersey, and America pay tribute and will never forget the sacrifice he and his family gave to our great nation,” said Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) in a statement issued on Sunday.  “

Marketta enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2011 and was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operating Enduring Freedom and served multiple deployments in Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.  He received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

“The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal,” said Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). “Their level of dedication to the 160th SOAR (A) and their exemplary service in the Army is the embodiment of what it means to be a Night Stalker and a Soldier.

The Department of Defense said that Marketta will be awarded the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously.

Another soldier, Sgt. Tyler Shelton of California, was also killed in the same accident.

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