Washington, D.C. (February 4, 2016) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) on Thursday led the U.S. House of Representatives in a moment of silence for the 12 U.S. Marine lives tragically lost in a training accident the night of January 14, 2016 off the North Shore of Oʻahu. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was joined by Rep. Mark Takai (HI-01), Members of Congress representing these Marines’ hometowns, and other 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. MarineCorps in this tragic loss.”