first published on January 17, 2016 by Josh
On January 14th, 2016, two US Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions collided in mid-air. The Coast Guard continues to search for the twelve Marines.
The United States Marine Corps has released the identities of the twelve Marines who are still missing after the collision of two CH-53E helicopters off of the coast of Oahu. The announcement was initially made by the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Public Affairs Office, and was later announced in an official announcement from the United States Marine Corps Facebook page.
The names released were:
Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, College Station, Texas.
Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Capt. Kevin T. Roche, 30, St. Louis, Missouri.
Capt. Steven R. Torbert, 29, Florence, Alabama.
Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24,Chaska, Minnesota.
Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, Gardners, Pennsylvania.
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.
The search for the missing Marines, or any trace of them, has been on-going since the earliest reports were released. The US Coast Guard has been having trouble with high surf, and rough seas in the area of the crash.
We will continue to keep you updated as more information is released. For now, keep these Marines, and their families in your thoughts.