The twelve Marines who went missing after the two helicopters carrying them apparently crashed off the coast of Hawaii have been declared dead, reported CNN.
A witness on January 14 saw a fireball in midair; another reported seeing a flare. The U.S. Marine Corps notified the Coast Guard that two CH-53 copters, carrying six men each, were missing. A search ensued involving the Navy, the National Guard, as well as Hawaii fire, police and Ocean Safety.
According to AP, the status of these Marines changed to “deceased” on Jan. 20 after five full days of search and rescue operations. Marine Corps casualty assistance calls officers personally notified each family of the change.
Base Hawaii previously identified them as:
– Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, College Station, Texas
– Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, Philadelphia
– Capt. Kevin T. Roche, 30, St. Louis
– Capt. Steven R. Torbert, 29, Florence, Alabama
– Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, Gardners, Pennsylvania
– Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24, Chaska, Minnesota
– Sgt. Jeffrey A. Sempler, 22, Woodruff, South Carolina
– Sgt. William J. Turner, 25, Florala, Alabama
– Cpl. Matthew R. Drown, 23, Spring, Texas
– Cpl. Thomas J. Jardas, 22, Fort Myers, Florida
– Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando, 23, Hingham, Massachusetts
– Lance Cpl. Ty L. Hart, 21, Aumsville, Oregon