Washington city pays tribute to Marine killed in training exercise

By DAVID RASBACH | The Bellingham Herald | Published: August 25, 2020



BELLINGHAM. Wash. (Tribune News Service) — Bellingham and Whatcom County honored a hometown hero and welcomed him to the place he considered home for the final time Monday evening, as residents paid tribute to U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Jack-Ryan Ostrovsky during a procession from Interstate 5 to Westford Funeral Home.

Whatcom County law enforcement and fire department vehicles were part of the procession of vehicles escorting Ostrovsky through the streets of Bellingham.

More than 100 people of all ages, including some U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers lining the route, gathered near St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, some carrying American flags or carrying signs of appreciation for Ostrovsky. Everyone remained somber as the procession passed.

Another 30 to 40 people lined the route toward St. Joseph hospital, and even more people were expected further along the route.

Ostrovsky was one of nine U.S. service members who died July 30 when a Marine amphibious vehicle sank in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast near San Clemente Island.

Though he enlisted in Bend, Ore., Ostrovsky was born and grew up in Bellingham, loved hiking Whatcom County’s trails, developed his desire to join the military from spending time with law-enforcement co-workers of his father, Peter Ostrovsky, and graduated from Sehome High School in 2018.

“Jack was loyal to the city and state he grew up in, he was loyal to his friends and he was loyal to the Marines,” his mother, Lynn Ostrovsky, told The Bellingham Herald.

Peter’s former Whatcom County coworkers are attempting to memorialize Jack, the outstanding young man he was and his service to our country with a bench in Bellingham. Organizers said they are currently working with the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department to determine where the bench will be placed.

Donations can be made through WECU with checks made payable to “In The Memory of Jack Ostrovsky” with the memo line stating “The Jack Ostrovsky Memorial Fund” or checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 9750, Bellingham, WA 98227. Donations can also be made through Venmo account ID: Jacks-memorial-fund.

Westford Funeral Home also is accepting online tributes for the Ostrovsky family on Jack’s obituary page.

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