‘He was my heart’: Fallen Marine captain lived his dream of flying
WASHINGTON – All Capt. Jahmar Resilard wanted to be since he was a child was a pilot. He had Lego plane sets and played flight simulation games growing up. His mother even paid for a few flying lessons.
“It’s just been amazing that he was able to achieve his dreams and travel the world,” said his older sister Janine Horne, a nurse living in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
His mother, Joni Moore-Resilard of St. Augustine, Florida, said when her son was in elementary school, “he came up to me one day, he said, ‘You know mom, I don’t want to drive, I don’t need a driver’s license. I just want to fly.’”
The 28-year-old Marine Corps pilot from south Florida was killed Thursday after his F/A-18 Hornet fighter collided with a KC-130 Hercules aerial tanker during training off the coast of Japan, an accident from which five other Marines remain missing, service officials said.
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