Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral crew dedicates memorial

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Coast Guard crewmembers held a memorial dedication ceremony Wednesday at Station Port Canaveral to remember and honor a shipmate, Fireman Carlos D. Buford, who was murdered Nov. 30, 2008.

The site was designed by the station’s crew, who used their time off to create the memorial.

“I thought we should do something to remember him, said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert J. Kirbert. “We raised the money and everybody pitched in.”

Carlos Buford’s brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Cindy Buford of Canton, Miss., attended the ceremony to see the memorial and to meet members of the station.

“The way the Coast Guard treated (us) lets me know they are my family too,” said Cindy.

The memorial was dedicated on what would have been Buford’s 30th birthday.

Buford was killed while on vacation in Canton.

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2 Comments

  1. Vanessa Fields says:

    Hi my name is Vanessa, Carlos close cuz. i would like to take this time to say BIG THANKS TO ALL of you who had a part in this memorial for Carlos.

    Again i say BIG THANKS to all of you.
    May GOD bless and keep you.

    IF YOU’LL HAVE PICTURES PLEASE SEND THEM, PLEASE !!!!!!!
    HIS GRAND MOTHER WAS SAD THAT SHE COULDN’T MAKE IT , SHE WAS GETTING HER HOUSE RE-DONE SO HER MAIL WAS FORWARD AND SHE DIDN’T GET IT IN TIME.

    THANKS SO MUCH

  2. Joeann says:

    I was shoched to hear this devasated news..Carlos was a great person that was so full of life,We had a son together that now is with his dad!my prayers go out to the family!!