ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - Marine Captain Kevin Roche was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon at Jefferson Barracks cemetery.
He was one of 12 marines who died in a helicopter crash off the coast of Oahu in January.
Two CH-53e helicopters each carrying six Marines onboard crashed during a training exercise off the Hawaiian coast January 14th around 3 am.
After a massive week-long search effort, the soldiers were declared deceased by the U.S. Marine Corp.
33-year-old Kevin Roche of St. Louis was never seen again.
But his family says being a marine helicopter pilot was his passion.
Today, he was honored by family, friends, and strangers.
None of them knew him, but that didn`t matter for these St. Louisans who gathered at Jefferson Barracks cemetery this afternoon.
Janelle Eveld was one military mom who joined American Red Cross volunteers to hold flags and honor Marine Captain Kevin Roche as he was laid to rest.
Wednesday Patriot Guard riders led the procession past the Red Cross honor guard volunteers.
The family of Captain Roche requested the Patriot Guard presence for the journey Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.