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Missing Marine in Hawaii Found Deceased
20 Apr 2017

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP BUTLER, Okinawa, Japan – Pfc. Tyler Wechsler, a Marine with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMLA-367), Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, was found deceased by the Honolulu Police Department on a hiking trail 18 April.


“Private First Class Wechsler was a valued member of our squadron, and his loss is deeply felt,” said Lt. Col. Frank Makoski, the commanding officer of HMLA-367. “Our hearts are with his family and friends.”


Wechsler, 21, a native of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, trained as an airframes mechanic. He joined the Marine Corps on May 2, 2016, and was promoted to private first class on November 1, 2016. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal.


The death is currently under investigation, and no further information is available at this time. We ask that media please respect the family's privacy during this challenging time.


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