Video: Memorial Service for 12 Marines Killed in Hawaii

Video: Memorial Service for 12 Marines Killed in Hawaii

January 25, 2016

Video: Memorial Service for 12 Marines Killed in Hawaii

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 held a memorial ceremony last Friday honoring the 12 Marines killed when two helicopters crashed off the coast of Hawaii.

A live video stream shared the memorial ceremony for those 12 Marines. Below, you will find a video replay of the memorial service from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

"The sadness that this loss brings to their families and to this squadron is immeasurable," Lt. Col. Eric D. Purcell, commanding officer of the squadron said. "They were in the prime of their life, full of joy and hope — only to be taken from us in an instant."

As you see in the video replay of the memorial service, enlarged pictures of the men and the crosses lined the tarmac in front of two helicopters. Servicemen placed flight vests, rifles, flight helmets, combat boots and leis on 12 individual crosses.

A bagpiper played "Amazing Grace" and a Marine band played taps.

The ceremony came after the Coast Guard announced earlier in the week they were halting their search without having found any of those on board. The Marines pronounced the men deceased on Wednesday.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and fellow Marines.

HMH-463 Honors 12 Marines in Memorial Service

The Marines were:

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. 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.

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6 Responses

Wm.Krausch
Wm.Krausch

April 11, 2016

Rest inpeace all of you , may your friends and family find peace and thankyou all for serving you are all incredible young men!

Ilona Host
Ilona Host

February 22, 2016

My prayers are with the families of these 12 Marines, may they rest in peace. I am so sorry for your loss. My son did 5 deployments to Iraq and I am so thankful for his return, these were brave men that did their duty to their country, may God bless them all.

Al mark
Al mark

February 22, 2016

Semper Fi my brothers rest in peace

Paul Rogers MSgt USAF (RET)
Paul Rogers MSgt USAF (RET)

February 22, 2016

Rest in peace My Brothers…..

James Toomey
James Toomey

February 22, 2016

SEMPER FI my brothers. Rest in Peace.

James King
James King

February 22, 2016

May God wrap His arms around you all. There are no words.

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