Coast Guard dedicates memorial to fallen shipmate

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – The family of Cranston, R.I. native Ronald A. Gill joined Coast Guardsmen from around the country today at Coast Guard Station Point Judith to dedicate a memorial to the fallen sailor who died in the line of duty during a security patrol in Puget Sound in March 2007.

Gill’s widow Ambur, his daughter Gracie, and parents Ronald and Rosemary unveiled a granite bench, inscribed with the words, “Think not upon my passing, but remember the glory of my spirit,” as other family members and friends looked on.

The bench, funded solely through donations, is located on the station’s expansive lawn and faces out to sea.

A memorial bench to Coast Guard Petty Officer Ronald Gill of Cranston RI

“We are honored to have such a beautiful memorial to Petty Officer Gill on the grounds of our station” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Chad Curth, officer in charge of the station. “Although it won’t bring Petty Officer Gill back to his family, we hope the memorial offers them a small measure of comfort with the knowledge he died protecting his country.”

Gill, 26, was a port security specialist assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91111 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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