Coast Guard holds 30th anniversary remembrance ceremony for fallen CG1473 aircrew

Service members and representatives from the city of Kodiak attend the 30th anniversary remembrance ceremony honoring the crew of Coast Guard 1473 at Air Station Kodiak Nov. 2, 2016.The ceremony was held to honor Lt. Michael C. Dollahite, Lt. Robert L. Carson Jr., Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin M. McCracken, Petty Officer 3rd Class William G. Kemp, Cmdr. David M. Rockmore and Petty Officer 3rd Class Ralph D. King, who lost their lives after their HH-3F helicopter crashed into Ugak Island at night en route to Akhiok.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Service members and representatives from the city of Kodiak attend the 30th anniversary remembrance ceremony honoring the crew of Coast Guard 1473 at Air Station Kodiak Nov. 2, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak personnel held a 30th anniversary remembrance ceremony Wednesday, honoring the crew of Coast Guard 1473 who lost their lives after their helicopter crashed on Ugak Island, Alaska, on Nov. 2, 1986.

While conducting a medevac mission to the remote Alaska village of Akhiok, the crew of Coast Guard 1473, an HH-3F Pelican helicopter, crashed into uninhabited Ugak Island at night after rounding Cape Chiniak and turning south through turbulent winds and low visibility.

That night the Coast Guard lost Lt. Michael C. Dollahite, Lt. Robert L. Carson Jr., Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin M. McCracken, Petty Officer 3rd Class William G. Kemp, Cmdr. David M. Rockmore and Petty Officer 3rd Class Ralph D. King.

“We will continue to honor the crew of 1473 each and every day by continuing the missions here in Kodiak, Alaska, and standing the watch,”  said Capt. Mark Morin, Air Station Kodiak commanding officer.

The ceremony included a moment of silence and the presentation of a memorial.

Photos from the ceremony can be viewed on our Flickr page.

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