U.S. Marines who served with missing snowmachiner travel to Alaska to help search

Casey Graham, a former Marine who served in Afghanistan, went missing last week during a snowmachine trip in McGrath, Alaska.

An Alaskan state trooper found Graham’s snowmachine on the Kuskokwim River but didn’t find anything that could lead to Graham’s location.

According to KTUU, 13 U.S. Marines who served with Graham in the 3rd Light Armored Recon Battalion in Afghanistan, have joined the search for Graham.

“Right now, the plan is we’re going to go head to McGrath, meet up with the local SARs (Search and Rescue), help them out any way we can and, hopefully, bring his family a little bit of happiness for the holidays,” said Dexter Kunishige, who travelled to Alaska from California.

Some of the Marines searching for Graham travelled from as far away as New York and Pennsylvania to help in a search that they now believe is a body recovery effort.

The search and rescue team asked residents of the small town to donate boots, gloves and cold weather jackets to help keep the people who came to help search for Graham warm.

“I’d like to think that the Marine Corps, we’re all brothers, as with every other service, so do a lot of us here. We know that we’re doing this for a brother of ours, and we feel that anyone else would do the same for us,” Kunishige said.

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