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By Jim Shilander
Six Camp Pendleton-based Marines remain missing after delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nepal.
The six, from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, along with two service members from Nepal, were aboard a UH-1Y Huey, which went missing Tuesday while assisting victims near Charikot, Nepal. The mission was a part of Joint Task Force 505, which is spearheading relief operations, according to a Department of Defense press release.
Two additional helicopters from the unit, as well as a pair of tilt-rotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 flew almost two dozen sorties in search efforts. A Nepalese ground force is also participating in the effort.
Both HMLA-469 and Second Battalion, Fourth Marines—San Clemente’s adopted unit and part of the 5th Marine Regiment, supported by the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group—have been stationed in the Pacific since last year, primarily participating in training efforts with allies.