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Lt. Junior Grade Thomas John Cameron

March 11th, 2012 No comments

Died: February 28, 2012 in Mobile Bay, Alabama

Lt. J.G. Thomas J. Cameron of Portland, Oregon graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2009. He was a 2005 Cleveland High School graduate. While in high school, he was captain of the soccer team and an “A” student. He was a captain of his college soccer team where he played as a Forward. When he scored a goal, he celebrated with leaps and somersaults. LTJGCameron died Feb. 28 when a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crashed into Mobile Bay during a training mission. He is survived by his parents, Elizabeth and John Cameron and his older brother Alex.

River View Cemetery Portland, Oregon

To be updated…

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PO 3rd Class Andrew Wilson Knight

March 11th, 2012 No comments

Born: December 18th, 1985 in Selma, Alabama
Died: February 28, 2012 in Mobile Bay, Alabama

Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew W. Knight of Thomasville, Alabama attended Thomasville High School before attending Faulkner University and the University of Alabama. He then joined the United States Coast Guard. Drew loved his job working with helicopters and serving in the US Coast Guard. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, snow boarding and scuba diving. He is survived by his parents, Ken and Becky Knight of Thomasville, AL; his brother and sister in law, Todd and Tausha Knight of Foley, AL; and his grandfather, Charles Wilson of Thomasville, AL. Drew was also survived by serveral aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. He was a member of Thomasville Baptist Church.

Funeral information:
Visitation will be held at:
O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home
Friday, March 16, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be at:
Thomasville Baptist Church
Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Evergreen Memorial Gardens

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CPO Fernando Jorge

February 28th, 2012 No comments

Born: December 21, 1972

Died: February 28, 2012 in Mobile Bay, Alabama

Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge of Cypress Valley, California

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Lt. Cmdr. Dale Thomas Taylor

February 28th, 2012 No comments

Born: January 14, 1976 in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina
Died: February 28, 2012 in Mobile Bay, Alabama

Lt Cmdr Dale T. Taylor of Snow Hill, North Carolina was involved in an accident while serving on active duty in the United States Coast Guard.  Born January 14, 1976, in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, to Larry and Judy Taylor. He graduated from Greene Central High School in 1994, and graduated Appalachian State University in 1998. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Coast Guard and ultimately served as a MH-65 pilot and instructor. Dale was recognized in the fleet for heroism and awarded Coast Guard Medal for rescue operations at sea, while stationed at the USCG Air Station Savannah, GA. Dale was initially assigned to the Aviation Training Center, Mobile Alabama with the Engineering Branch and was extended to serve as an instructor Pilot. Dale was an example of integrity and exhibited the peace that only accompanies a relationship with Jesus Christ. He was a model husband, inspirational father to his sons and selflessly dedicated to his community. Dale was a volunteer basketball coach and bible study group leader. Dale will be remembered for his integrity, love for Christ and love for people. Survivors include his wife Teresa Dawn, his sons Evan Dale and Emmet Joel of Mobile, AL, Mother Judy and Father Larry Taylor of Snow Hill, NC, sister Hope and her husband Jamie Stapleton of Silver Springs, MD. Dale’s wake will be held at 10:00am followed by an 11:00am memorial service at Cottage Hill Baptist Church on Monday, March 5. The US Coast Guard will have a memorial service on March 8, 10:00am at the Aviation Training Center, Mobile. He was 36. Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia – 03/15/2012 – 1:00 PM

The above obituary is courtesy of the Press-Register.

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve Duque

August 1st, 2009 No comments

steven-duqueBorn: March 28, 1984
Died: August 17, 2006 at sea

Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve Duque of Miami. Graduating from the elite Navy dive school was his proudest moment, and he had tattooed the Coast Guard motto, “semper paratus,” or “always ready”, across his lower back. He was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, an icebreaker on a scientific mission in the Arctic Ocean. The vessel was about 500 miles north of Barrow at the time. He drowned during a dive. Steven grew up in Miami Lakes and was hailed as an outstanding officer who was selected to the elite diving team because of his physical abilities and leadership skills. He was 22.

Buried at sea

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Damage Controlman Third Class Nathan Brandt Bruckenthal

July 16th, 2009 No comments

Nathan BruckenthalBorn: July 17, 1979 in Stoney Brook, New York
Died: April 24, 2004 in Arabian Sea

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal of Smithtown, New York was a happy fun-loving boy who turned into a happy young man. He was a graduate of Herndon High, where he participated in track and field, and the Naval Junior ROTC. He joined the Coast Guard when he was 18 because he wanted to do something with his life and to support and defend his country. He came back to visit his old high school at least twice since joining the Coast Guard. Whenever he visited, he asked to talk to the current NJROTC cadets. Following his family’s legacy of public service, he was excited at the prospect of life at sea. His father has worked in the Northport Police Department for 25 years and his stepfather is a veteran of the Army. Nathan grew up in Long Island, Hawaii, Virginia and Connecticut and lived briefly in Ridgefield during his teenage years, attending Ridgefield High School and serving on the town’s volunteer fire department. He left in 1995 after his sophomore year. In high school he was a volunteer firefighter and spoke of either making that his profession or becoming a police officer. Nate served in Long Island and Washington State before joining Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, known as TACLET South, at Coast Guard Air Station Miami. TACLET South has sent law enforcement detachments to help in Iraq since the beginning of operations there. Coast Guard operations in Iraq include port and coastal security, maritime law enforcement, humanitarian aid and training of the newly established Iraqi coast guard. Nate found ways to lighten the mood on those long missions. He would always tell stories about the dumbest things. You always could count on him for a laugh. Because of his rapport with his peers, he was picked to join the training staff upon his return. Only the cream of the crop is picked for the assignment of training other members of TACLET South. Nathan was currently serving his second tour in Iraq and was scheduled to return in a month. He had also served there from February to May the previous year. He had been married two years, but missed both anniversaries because he was in Iraq. His wife Patricia was three months pregnant with their first child, something Nate was very excited about. His baby daughter was born the following November. He was the first Coast Guard member to die in combat since the Vietnam War when his boat turned over off the port of Umm Qsar in Iraq after a suicide bombing attack. For his actions, he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal in April 2004. He was 24 years old.

Coast Guard
Tactical Law Enforcement Team
South Detachment 403

Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 7978

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Lt Jessica Ellen Hill

August 17th, 2006 No comments

Born: Saranac Lake, New York
Died: August 17, 2006

Lieut Jessica E Hill spent much of her life in St. Augustine, Florida and had joined the Coast Guard after she graduated from the University of South Alabama with a master’s degree in marine science. It was what she lived for. Vivacious and adventurous, she spent many hours on a sailboat traveling with her parents on their boat. Jessica had been accepted into the Navy diving school in Panama City, Florida where she had competed and surpassed many other Coast Guard and Navy enlisted personnel. She was accepted and tested in the same diving school that was popularized in the 2000 film “Men of Honor.” The intense diving program offers only a few openings each year for enlisted men and women. Acceptance into the program is determined by several factors, including command approval, physical fitness and swimming capabilities, and is extremely selective. It was very competitive, and she excelled at it. Jessica was currently serving as the Marine Science Officer on Healy since mid-summer 2004. She acted as the onboard Liaison between the science personnel and the Healy command. She also coordinated the on-load of science gear and also served as Healy’s dive officer. She leaves behind her father, William Carl Hill Jr., her mother, Dawn Ellen Zimmerman, a sister, Adrienne Hill Gullett, a brother, William Carl Hill III, stepfather, Rob Zimmerman, stepmothers, Karen Hill, and Sherri Sundberg, step brothers, Cayman Eby, David Kausch and Josh Kausch, step sister, Christina Kausch, fiance, Tim Tully. Jessica died at age 31 during a scientific expedition about 500 miles from the Alaskan coast while conducting a routine SCUBA dive from the ice at 77 12.3 N 177 35.8W.

Cremated: Ashes scattered at sea.

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