Thomas Cade Martin was separated on Sept. 11, 2020.
This is only the second time in 20 years Marines from Camp Pendleton have been tapped to fight wildland fires.
Members of the group are accused of being involved in multiple sales of fentanyl-laced oxycodone to an undercover agent.
Most of them volunteered for the duty, a chance to provide much-needed relief to exhausted professional fire crews.
In a somber ceremony on a flight line at Camp Horno, the service members were remembered for their devotion.
The remains will be transported to Dover Air Force Base for preparation for burial.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman said "literally every asset we have available" is searching for seven Marines and a Navy corpsman.
At least four Marine Corps units have cased their colors in recent weeks as part of an aggressive plan to reshape the force.
The blazes remained in training areas and posed no threat to people or structures.
Firefighters on Tuesday stopped the spread of a blaze in a Camp Pendleton training area.
The Heritage Index assessed U.S. military strength across the service branches on a five-tiered scale.
U.S. Army Recruiting Command is reducing its force by roughly 1,700 recruiters over the next year.
Robert Teichgraeber, 100, survived 421 days as a prisoner of war.
By the end of the spring, there will be 294 new naval aviation officers.
Members of II Marine Expeditionary Force wrapped up a training exercise last week that ran from North Carolina to New York.