Marine Corps Base Hawaii has identified the active serviceman killed in a boating mishap in Kaneohe as Sgt. Jaylon T. Walker. Click here to hear from his family.
Sgt. Walker served as an Aircraft Electronic Communications System Technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing stationed on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
“Sgt. Walker was a fine Marine and will be truly missed by everyone here in the squadron. We honor his service and his contribution to the Marine Corps and our nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” said Lt. Col. Robert Flannery, commanding officer of MALS 24.
Walker, 24, from Garland, Texas, reported to active duty on June 13, 2011. His personal decorations include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Honolulu fire rescue crews and other personnel responded to a call of a missing swimmer in waters off Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe early Saturday morning.
The first HFD unit arrived at 2:58 a.m. in response that a 17-foot boat overturned with three men on board off the north beach of the base.
Two of the men were able to swim to shore and notify authorities.
HFD, Coast Guard and the base’s waterfront operations personnel began searched for the missing man, later identified as Walker, and at 8:25 a.m., he was located in 30 feet of water unconscious, not breathing, and without a pulse.