Coast Guard to hold memorial ceremony Saturday for murdered shipmate

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a wreath-laying ceremony near Smugglers Cove in memory of Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell E. Horne on the five year anniversary of his passing Saturday.

A native of Mountain View, Horne attended Patterson High School in Patterson, and enlisted in the Coast Guard Feb. 2, 1999. As a boatswain’s mate, Horne served in Humboldt Bay, Charleston and Emerald Isle throughout his career that spanned nearly 14 years.

On Dec. 2, 2012, while serving as the executive petty officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut (WPB-87340), Horne died from injuries sustained during a maritime law enforcement operation off the coast of California near Smugglers Cove.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne holds his son during a Christmas cruise onboard the Cutter Halibut, his home unit, in this undated photograph. Chief Horne, a Boatswain Mate, was killed in the early morning of Dec. 2, 2012, from injuries sustained during law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Calif. The Coast Guard Cutter Halibut was investigating a panga-type vessel suspected of illicit activities. When the Halibut's small boat approached with its blue law enforcement light energized, the suspect vessel, identified to be a profile Mexican style panga, maneuvered at a high rate of speed directly towards the Coast Guard small boat and struck it before fleeing the scene. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Lt. Stewart Sibert

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne holds his son during a Christmas cruise onboard the Cutter Halibut in this undated photograph.  U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Lt. Stewart Sibert

Horne earned two Coast Guard Achievement Medals and was posthumously promoted to senior chief petty officer.

Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin and Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip will be taking part in the ceremony.

Original story reporting the death of Chief Petty Officer Horne.

Commandants message reporting the death of Chief Petty Officer Horne.

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