Ceremony to Remember Fallen Air Station Traverse City Crewman

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City will be holding a memorial ceremony for one of its members at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Open Space in downtown Traverse City.

The ceremony will be in memory of Airman Charles J. Krause, who drowned while swimming in West Grand Traverse Bay on August 30, 2007.

At 1:30 p.m. one of Traverse City’s rescue helicopters will fly over West Grand Traverse Bay and deploy a remembrance wreath in his honor.

Krause was assigned to Air Station Traverse City in May 2007, and was undergoing training to become an Aviation Maintenance Technician. He entered the Coast Guard in August 2005, and he was previously stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

His awards and decorations include the Coast Guard Rifle Marksman Ribbon, the Coast Guard Pistol Marksman Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon.

Krause is survived by his parents, George and Mary Sue Krause, of Neenah, Wis.

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