Fallen Marine remembered at crash site on Kaneohe Sandbar

Jonathan Faircloth
Jonathan Faircloth
Alicia Faircloth
Alicia Faircloth
Maj. Alan Crouch
Maj. Alan Crouch

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - While people continue the partying tradition out at the Kaneohe Sandbar, this Memorial Day it's also the site to remember the fallen Marine that lost his life there two months ago.

Corporal Jonathan Faircloth died March 29 when the Marine helicopter he was on went down on the Sandbar.  Last week his wife and friends went to the spot for a prayer memorial and to release lei.

"It was very meaningful. It was sad a little bit to see the Sandbar and think about Jon," said Alicia Faircloth, Cpl. Faircloth's widow.

A once favorite spot for the couple, Faircloth says now she plans to just look at the Sandbar from afar.

"I don't know if I'll ever go back there after this time that we just went. I think that was my last goodbye," said Faircloth.

Since the crash she's been able to go on a tour of her husband's helicopter.

"I sat in his seat that he would have been in. it was hard but it was good to get his point of view," said Faircloth.

And she got a tattoo on her left ankle in his honor.

"It has his birthday and the day that he died. I'm going to add the islands to it because the islands have a lot of significance for us.  We got married here. We met here. We've done everything here. And he died here," said Faircloth describing the tattoo.

The 23 year old widow plans to move to the East Coast to be closer to her brother and her husband's burial site which is near his hometown in Pennsylvania.  She plans to move before the holidays.

"I feel like he's always going to be with me. I will always be married to an angel, he'll always be watching over me," said Faircloth.

"It is very important to remember, especially today that there are a lot of families that are no longer whole. Often there are young widows left behind to grieve those that have gone on before us. There are family members, parents who are saddened by their loss. The community needs to rally behind them on this particular day as well," said Maj. Alan Crouch, Marine Corps Base Hawaii Spokesman.

The other three Marines that were onboard the helicopter when it crashed are all recovering. The pilot and copilot have been released from the hospital and the crew chief has been transferred to a veteran's hospital back east where he's continuing to receive treatment.

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