Mother of Wisconsin Marine killed in training accident files lawsuit
Evan Bath and eight other service members drowned when the amphibious assault vehicle sank off the coast of California.
OCEANSIDE, Cal. (WKBT)- Friday July 30th marks one year since a Wisconsin Marine was killed in one of the worst military training accidents in history.
19-year old Evan Bath of Oak Creek , and eight other service members drowned when the amphibious assault vehicle they were riding in took on water and sank. Bath and the others were trapped inside.
Family members of the fallen filed a lawsuit Thursday against the vehicle manufacturer. The suit claims BAE Systems knew about a defective cargo hatch door for years and never corrected it.
Current law prevents the families from suing the military. They are asking the Marine Corps to stop using the AAV. “He was my only son. He was my only child, and he was my whole world,” Bath’s mother Aleta told reporters. Private First Class Evan Bath texted his mom before the accident: “Marines don’t run from the fight. I’ll meet the water fist raised.”
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