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Marines Band Together to Continue Search for Missing Man

At least 20 Marines who used to be stationed with Joseph McHenry, a San Bruno resident and former Marine who went missing earlier this month, have decided to come together to continue the search for their missing "brother in arms."

 

A group of Marines that served with , the 27-year-old San Bruno man who went missing March 5, have banded together to conduct another search for him Saturday.

At least 20 Marines—some from as far away as Camp Pendelton, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Texas—are expected to arrive in the area today in preparation for the search for McHenry, a former Marine. The search will start at 8 a.m. Saturday and last through Monday, according toa post on CNN's iReport.

"It started with a handful of Marines and now many of their brothers in Arms that were not even stationed with Joe are so moved at the show of and dedication to brotherhood that they are joining the search," the iReport post said. "They take seriously the 'Leave no Marine Behind.'"  

A San Mateo County search and rescue team made another effort on March 12 to find McHenry on beaches and cliffs in a 32-acre park in Pacifica, but they didn't find any new leads. McHenry had told family members that he was going on an overnight rock climbing and camping trip at a beach near Pacifica, but he never returned.

His car was found parked in a residential area near Sharp Park Golf Course, and a backpack believed to have been McHenry's was located on the beach near Mori Point. But no other signs of the missing man were found, according to San Bruno police.

When a group of Marines who were stationed with McHenry learned that he still had not been found, they decided to take a leave of absence to form their own grassroots effort to search for the missing Marine.

The person who submitted the post to iReport further explained the effort:

I live near Pacifica and am Active duty Coast Guard. My brother Richard Godfrey was stationed with Joe in Iraq they were both communication specialist. Joe was his mentor. My brother says "Retrieving wounded comrades from the field of fire is a Marine Corps tradition more sacred than life". The Marine's goal is to search the last known area to find McHenry regardless of his condition and if he is found in less than favorable circumstances at least he will get a proper funeral and there will be some closure for the people blessed to have him in their lives.

For more information on volunteering or how to help the Marine search team's effort to find Joseph McHenry, please call David Eleidjian at 760-580-8470.

If you have any information on McHenry’s whereabouts, call the San Bruno Police Department at 650-616-7100.


 

Pat Fleming March 25, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Semper Fi, bring him home
Ronda March 25, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I am sooooo moved. Where will the search begin on Sunday?
Tammie Caldwell March 25, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Bring him home boys!!! Semper Fi
mary wallave March 25, 2012 at 05:49 AM
In a world of turmoil, it is refreshing to have hearts of Marine's bond together for the love of their brother. Their dedication to serve and protect is strong & lasting. Thanks Bravo Company for your commitment & courage to search for Joe.
Richard Ballzinni March 25, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Where is this search taking place? Former Marine and would love to lend my time to find and bring this Marine home.
Mary Jane Duvall Haynes March 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM
May Gods hand guide each and everyone of you!
Deanne Cooper-Roettger March 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I am a Marine Mom and I can truly tell you the "brotherhood of Marines" is like no other, it is a brotherhood that can be counted on for life!!! The definition of Semper Fi is always faithful. My prayers will be with each of you and praying Joe will be found safe! May God Bless each of you as you search for your missing brother. ~Semper Fi~
Bill Thomas March 25, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Right on. Bring him home.
Michele McHenry March 25, 2012 at 09:21 PM
This is Michele McHenry, Joe's sister. I am deeply moved by the Marine's efforts. I can't express how much I appreciate their support and dedication. It is truly beautiful and utterly amazing. Thank you so much. I love you guys.
michele mchenry March 25, 2012 at 09:21 PM
This is Michele McHenry, Joe's sister. I am deeply moved by the Marine's efforts. I can't express how much I appreciate their support and dedication. It is truly beautiful and utterly amazing. Thank you so much. I love you guys.
Richard Ballzinni March 26, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Michele have you spoken to any of the Marines that are searching?

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