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Hawaii Marine Corps Helicopter Crash Victims

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Hawaii Marine Corps Helicopter Crash Victims

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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