Coast Guard honors fallen shipmates during ceremony in Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
Kodiak – Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak held a ceremony to honor┬áChief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, retired and Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins at the unit in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2013.

The two were murdered one year ago.

Comments from many shipmates including the current and former commanding officers of the COMMSTA were given during the ceremony honoring the lives and character of both men.

The Communication Station Kodiak chief's mess stands with a plaque they had created to memorialize shipmates Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, retired and Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins during a memorial held at the unit in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2013. Comments from many shipmates including the current and former commanding officers of the COMMSTA were given during the ceremony honoring the lives and character of both men. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)

The Communication Station Kodiak chief’s mess stands with a plaque they had created to memorialize shipmates Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, retired and Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins during a memorial held at the unit in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)

 Chief Petty Officer Scott Reckner, an information system technician at Communication Station Kodiak and chief of the rigger's shop, gives remarks about the lives of Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, retired and Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins during a memorial held at the unit in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2013. One year ago Belisle and Hopkins were killed while on duty. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)

Chief Petty Officer Scott Reckner, an information system technician at Communication Station Kodiak and chief of the rigger’s shop, gives remarks about the lives of Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, retired and Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins during a memorial held at the unit in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

A bronze plaque created to honor and remember Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, retired and Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins was unveiled during a memorial ceremony held at Communication Station Kodiak in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2013, the one year anniversary of their loss. The plaque will be permanently displayed aboard the unit. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)

A bronze plaque created to honor and remember Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, retired and Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins was unveiled during a memorial ceremony held at Communication Station Kodiak in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2013, the one year anniversary of their loss. The plaque will be permanently displayed aboard the unit. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

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