A group of local civilians continue to search for 12 Marines who have been missing since two helicopters crashed off the coast of Hawaii. The civilian search was spearheaded by Makani Christensen, a Hawaii native and veteran Marine captain who initially came to help with the official search.
When asked why he decided to form a group of civilians to search for the 12 missing Marines, Christensen said, "'Til all the Marines are found, somebody could still be alive."
He went on to add, "The community is behind the families, the Marines, the military, and all our service members who put their lives in jeopardy every day to protect the freedoms we have."
As you may remember from a post on the Hero Giveaways blog, last Tuesday at sunset, the Marine Corps and Coast Guard called off a search for 12 Marines who went down in a CH-53E collision off the north shore of Oahu.
At that time, it was announced that the Marine Corps was transitioning to "recovery and salvage efforts" and a memorial (which we provided a video replay of) was planned for Friday at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
On the day the Marine Corps and Coast Guard ended the official search, veteran Makani Christensen launched a Facebook page titled "Find our Marines and begin to recruit others in the local community to help continue the search."
The civilian searches for the 12 missing Marines started small, but grew as Christensen recruited searchers through the Oahu Veterans Center and received support from members of other veterans' groups.
"Everyone just mobilized and showed up," he said. "It was about the Marines, it was about the community getting involved."
Thank you from Hero Giveaways to all those who continue the search for our brave Marines. Each of you sets a wonderful example for all Americans to follow.
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