Coast Guard supports Korean War Veterans on 61st Anniversary of Armistice

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HUMBOLDT BAY, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay commemorated the 61st anniversary of the Korean War armistice off Humboldt Bay, July 27.

Members of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 176 held a wreath-laying ceremony aboard the Barracuda approximately three miles off Humboldt Bay. The ceremony included reading the names of several Humboldt Bay natives who perished during the Korean War.

Members of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 176 held a wreath-laying ceremony aboard the Coast Guard Barracuda approximately three miles off Humboldt Bay Sunday, July 27, 2014. July 27 marked 61 years since the cessation of hostilities that ended the Korean War in 1953. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Members of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 176 held a wreath-laying ceremony aboard the Coast Guard Barracuda approximately three miles off Humboldt Bay Sunday, July 27, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Each name was read followed by the ringing of the ship’s bell, and a wreath was laid in the water while the ship’s company observed silence. Following the moment of silence, the helicopter flew slowly over the ship.

Shadow Scamp, a dog representing the brave canine companions of the War Dog’s Association, was also in attendance.

July 27 marked 61 years since the cessation of hostilities that ended the Korean War in 1953. The agreement established the Korean Demilitarized Zone and enforced a cease-fire and the repatriation of prisoners of war to their respective country.

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