Hawaii Marine Corps Helicopter Crash Victims
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
The 12 Marines who were missing after a training accident off the coast of Hawaii have been declared dead by the Marine Corps, according to a statement released to the public on January 21, 2016.
The fatal accident occurred on Thursday, Jan. 14 when two CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters reportedly collided in mid-air during nighttime training off of the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii. Each aircraft had six Marines onboard.
An five-day, around-the-clock search and rescue operation by the Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard followed. A debris field was found approximately two miles off shore; however, stormy conditions and large wave swells complicated search efforts. The search was suspended after surpassing best-case scenario survival estimates.
Although the search for survivors has ended, recovery operations of remains and debris are ongoing. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
According to the Marine Corps the deceased are:
Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, from College Station, Texas
Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Capt. Kevin T. Roche, 30, from St. Louis, Missouri
Capt. Steven R. Torbert, 29, from Florence, Alabama
Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, from Gardners, Pennsylvania
Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24, from Chaska, Minnesota
Sgt. Jeffrey A. Sempler, 22, from Woodruff, South Carolina
Sgt. William J. Turner, 25, from Florala, Alabama
Cpl. Matthew R. Drown, 23, from Spring, Texas
Cpl. Thomas J. Jardas, 22, from Ft. Myers, Florida (see family-placed obituary)
Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando, 23, from Hingham, Massachusetts
Lance Cpl. Ty L. Hart, 21, from Aumsville, Oregon
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as we all mourn this tragic loss of life," said the Marine Corps statement. "The Marine Corps is focused on taking care of our Marines and their families."
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