In a somber announcement made this Thursday, it was revealed that the search for five Marines, who had gone missing after their helicopter crashed in a national forest in California on February 6th, has come to a tragic end. The Marines, part of the esteemed “Flying Tigers” of the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, were en route to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion, a helicopter renowned for its heavy lifting capabilities, when disaster struck.

Maj. Gen. Borgschulte, the commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, expressed his deep sorrow over the incident.

“It is with a profound heaviness in our hearts and a deep sadness that we mourn the loss of five exceptional Marines,”

he stated, promising unwavering support and care for the families of the fallen Marines during this heart-wrenching period.