December 10 - Lt. Col. (select) Kevin Herrmann is one of five U.S. Marines missing after two military aircraft collided off the southern coast of Japan on Thursday.
Herrmann lettered in baseball as a junior at C.D. Hylton High School in 1997 and played American Legion ball locally before his father, retired Marine Col. Kevin Herrmann, was transferred to North Carolina. He also played football during his two years at Hylton, later graduating from New Bern (N.C.) High School and then from Appalachian State University.
“It’s never a good situation when there is an accident involving aircraft,” wrote Dave Colangelo, the head coach at Colonial Forge who was teammates with Herrmann at Hylton and works as an IT Specialist for the Marines, in a text message tonight. “But one Marine was found pretty well considering, and Kevin is a fighter like every Marine.”
A candlelight vigil was held on Saturday night in Fredericksburg, not far from where Herrmann’s parents reside in Stafford.
He was one of seven crew members involved in Thursday’s crash between an F/A-18D Hornet jet and KC-130J transport plane during an aerial refueling about 200 miles off the coast of Japan. One was found and is in fair condition while another, the pilot of the Hornet, had died.
Herrmann is married and has three daughters, ages 12, 10 and 7, and is stationed in Japan as the executive officer for the Marine Aerial Refueler Transportation Squadron 152.
Photo of Kevin Herrmann, courtesy of Dave Colangelo, is from Hylton’s 1997 varsity team photo