Skip to comments.Search Underway in Sulu Sea for Marine Missing from USS Essex
Posted on 08/11/2018 4:27:30 PM PDT by BenLurkin
A search is ongoing in the Sulu Sea for a 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marine assigned to USS Essex (LHD-2) who has been missing for almost two days. Since 9:40 a.m. local time Thursday Wednesday evening in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft have run around-the-clock searches of the Sulu Sea and Surigao Strait for the Marine who is presumed overboard from Essex, the 13th MEU said in a statement. The search efforts are being assisted by the Philippine Coast Guard vessel.
As we continue our search operation, we ask that you keep our Marine and the Marines family in your thoughts and prayers, Col. Chandler Nelms, commanding officer of the 13th MEU, said in a statement. We remain committed to searching for and finding our Marine.
The Marines family has been notified of the search, but the Marines identity is not being released while the search is ongoing, according to a Navy statement. So far, the search has covered more than 3,000 square nautical miles.
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Not good. Prayers up.
Darn, I hope they find him or her. My daughter Elen leaves for Parris Island a week from Sunday.
What kind of sailor would want to serve on such a rust bucket?
One doing his job, which might include scraping and painting the ship.
active duty ping
My uncle had once said ,that during a combat deployment, a shipmate went overboard, they did not stop, nor did any other vessel. Very sad indeed.
Please thank your daughter for her service to our country.
From a VN combat vet.
Thank you, I will. My father was in Vietnam as well. My oldest daughter just got out of the Coast Guard after 9 years.
Our priest asked, “What are you doing with those girls?!” and I said, “Scouts.”
Advice to her:
1. Volunteer in boot camp at your own risk
2. Be an outstanding recruit or be invisible. The drill instructor only remembers the screwups and the outstanding recruits. Attention to detail is key.
3. The DI has nothing against you personally. It’s his/her job to try to make you quit.
4. Attitude is everything. Keep it light and find something to laugh about when the DI isn’t around.
5. Study the materials you are given. Memorize the 11 General Orders of a Sentry. She WILL be required to recite them many times in boot camp.
She’s had the General Orders on a poster over her bed for several months. I think she has them down. “Be great or be invisible is a good principle.
You have a great family.
Thank you. I just want my father’s legacy to go on. His namesake, my son Bill, didn’t choose the military, but he has a college degree and a good job in advertising.
Best wishes for a great career.
Thank you. I was USAF for 20 years myself. He will be trained to fly Predator, Reaper, or Global Hawk.
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