Marine helped with rescue of U.S. pilot

June 21, 1995

Marine Cpl. Joseph P. Bell, son of Patricia A. Bell of Taneytown, recently provided support for the dawn rescue mission of the U.S. fighter pilot, Air Force Capt. Scott F. O'Grady, who was shot down over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Corporal Bell provided support while assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge.

Corporal Bell helped fellow Marines from the 24th as they planned and executed the rescue.

Members of the 24th were notified immediately to be ready for a rescue mission in case Captain O'Grady still was alive. Confirmation of Captain O'Grady's survival was received early June 8, and the mission was launched at dawn from USS Kearsarge.

Corporal Bell, a 1987 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School, joined the Marine Corps in December 1990.

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