Civilians Continue Search for 12 Missing Marines After Official Search

Civilians Continue Search for 12 Missing Marines After Official Search Ends

January 26, 2016

Civilians Continue Search for 12 Missing Marines After Official Search Ends

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."

Community Continues Search for 12 Marines

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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3 Responses

Sabas Peralta
Sabas Peralta

February 22, 2016

To Captain Makani Christensen ! As a Military Retiree I would like to say thank you for your service ! I would like to see anyone who has a DRONE ! Yes ! DRONE ! Have them volunteer to utilize their DRONES ON THE SEARCH !! You may find something especially on the remote islands and lands nearby ! They could have been washed ashore somewhere cause the ocean was rough that day ! Use Civilian DRONES AND CHECK THE SHORE LINES , REEFS, near by atolls , etc ! Mahalo ! Aloha !

Carol Stites
Carol Stites

February 22, 2016

You all are doing a wonderful thing trying to find the 12 Marines. I wish you so very much luck in locating any evidence, news or just anything about these Marines. All of our armed forces and all the retired forces are all heroes. My heart goes out to the families of these Marines. My son was a Marine based at K-Bay on Oahu. He was one of six that died in Afghanistan 4 years ago on January 19th in a helicopter crash. The Marines at Kaneohe Bay were just wonderful to me. It’s just a horrendous thing to have to go thru. My heart and prayers are with the families of these Marines. What an awesome thing all of you are doing to help find them. God bless.

Marie Tarango
Marie Tarango

February 22, 2016

Thanks to those civilians for continuing the search.Who knows if someone may have washed ashore somewhere.We owe to those Marines to do all that is possible to find them dead or alive.!

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