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.
"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.
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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