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Marines Honored Through Moment of Silence in Washington

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A moment of silence was held in the House of Representatives on Thursday in honor of the 12 United States Marines who lost their lives in a training accident on Jan. 14.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard led the moment of silence, joined by Representative Mark Takai and members of Congress who represented the Marines’ hometowns, as well as former Marines and veterans in the House of Representatives.

“Mr. Speaker, today we are gathered rising in memory of the 12 United States Marines stationed at the the Kāneʻohe Marine Corps Base in my district, who were tragically lost the night of January 14 in a training accident. We must never forget the risk that our service members take every single day, whether they’re in training or in combat, as they put their lives on the line for the security of our nation.

Maj. Shawn Campbell, College Station, Texas.
Capt. Brian Kennedy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Capt. Kevin Roche, St. Louis, Missouri
Capt. Steven Torbert, Florence, Alabama.
Sgt. Dillon Semolina, Chaska, Minnesota.
Sgt. Adam Schoeller, Gardners, Pennsylvania.
Sgt. Jeffrey Sempler, Woodruff, South Carolina.
Sgt. William Turner, Florala, Alabama.
Cpl. Matthew Drown, Spring, Texas.
Cpl. Thomas Jardas, Fort Myers, Florida.
Cpl. Christopher Orlando, Hingham, Massachusetts.
Lance Cpl. Ty Hart, Aumsville, Oregon.


May we offer them a moment of silence to honor their service and support their loved ones and our entire U.S. Marine Corps in this tragic loss.”


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