Determination of Death submitted for Okinawa Marine swept out to sea off Tinian

by III Marine Expeditionary Force
U.S. Marine Corps

Tinian, CNMI — The commanding officer of Cpl. Donovan E. Clancy assigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18 officially submitted a determination of death Sunday, Oct. 5, to Headquarters Marine Corps, Quantico. A command investigation of Clancy’s case is currently pending.

Clancy, from Ridgway, Pennsylvania, is survived by his wife, Tiffany Clancy, and his stepson, Brandon Clancy. Celebration of life services are planned to be held by Clancy’s family in Ridgway, Pennsylvania and by MWCS-18 on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan within the next month.

On the morning of Oct. 1,  Coast Guard District 14 Commander, Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, suspended the search for Clancy, who was swept over the reef at LamLam Beach on the northwestern side of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Exhaustive searches were conducted Sept. 26-30. The five day search was conducted by land, sea, and air assets and encompassed 1,714 square nautical miles. Agencies involved in the search include CNMI (Saipan and Tinian) Department of Public Safety, CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management, U.S. Marine Air Group 12, U.S. Air Base Kadena, U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five (HSC-25), and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam.

Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, released the below statement in response to the suspension of the search for a missing Marine temporarily assigned to Tinian.

“May God bless the family of Cpl. Donovan Clancy and the Marines assigned to Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18. My thoughts are with the Marines on Tinian during this difficult time as they are away from their homes. The training they are participating in as part of Forager Fury and the work they do every day are vital to the defense of our nation. To the families of everyone who has been affected by this tragedy, our hearts and prayers go out to you.”

Col. P.J. Zimmerman, Officer-In-Charge, Marine Corps Activities Guam, also extended his condolences with the following statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Cpl. Clancy, his family and the unit during this time of grief. I would like to thank the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, CNMI Department of Public Safety and all those who participated in the search and rescue effort.”

Clancy, from Ridgway, Pa., joined the Marine Corps in Feb. 2011. Prior to reporting to MWCS-18 on Okinawa, Japan in December 2012 as an AN/TRC-170 technician, he was assigned to Marine Corps Communications Electronics School Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.; Defense Language Institute Monterey, Calif.; Marine Combat Training, School of Infantry, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; and Recruit Training Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C..

His awards include the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Mast, Korean Defense Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.



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