Memorial ceremony held for Coast Guardsman murdered by drug smugglers

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
LOS ANGELES – A memorial ceremony was held for Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles – Long Beach Saturday afternoon.

Horne, the executive petty officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, was killed while conducting maritime law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Dec. 2, 2012. He sustained fatal injuries when the small boat he was on was struck by a panga-style vessel suspected of illicit activities.

“This tragic attack also reminds us of the unique dangers the men and women of the Coast Guard face and their willingness to meet them on a moment’s notice, with great valor and selflessness,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“Senior Chief Horne lived the Coast Guard ethos and was an example to all. We will forever remember him for his selfless leadership and his courage. He made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his shipmates and the nation, just as he served others throughout his 14 year career. Senior Chief Horne’s legacy as a shipmate, leader, and Coast Guardsman is now indelibly stamped in our service history. And this nation is more secure because of him,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp, Jr.

The memorial ceremony was attended by an estimated 1,000 people from the law enforcement community, U.S. Coast Guard, local, state, federal government, international partners and family. The ceremony also included multiple aircraft flyovers, a three-round volley by the Coast Guard Honor Guard, music by the Coast Guard Band, and an award presentation.

Horne is survived by his wife, Rachel, and two sons, Kade and Miller.

Adm. Robert J. Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard, addresses attendees of the memorial service for Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne at Reservation Point, San Pedro, Calif., Dec. 8, 2012. Horne, the executive petty officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, was killed while conducting maritime law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Dec. 2, 2012. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Seth Johnson)

Members of the Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard conduct a three-round volley at the memorial service for Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne at Reservation Point, San Pedro, Calif., Dec. 8, 2012. Horne, the executive petty officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, was killed while conducting maritime law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island Dec. 2, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Seth Johnson)

Adm. Robert J. Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard, addresses attendees of the memorial service for Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne at Reservation Point, San Pedro, Calif., Dec. 8, 2012. Horne, the executive petty officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, was killed while conducting maritime law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island Dec. 2, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Seth Johnson)

Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Leavitt, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, speaks at the memorial for Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne on at Reservation Point in San Pedro, Calif., Dec. 8, 2012. Horne, the executive Petty Officer of the Halibut, was killed while conducting law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Dec. 2, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner.

The Coast Guard Honor Guard retires the colors at the memorial of Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne on at Reservation Point in San Pedro, Calif., Dec. 8, 2012. Horne, the executive Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, was killed while conducting law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Dec. 2, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner.

The Coast Guard Honor Guard retires the colors at the memorial of Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne on at Reservation Point in San Pedro, Calif., Dec. 8, 2012. Horne, the executive Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, was killed while conducting law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Dec. 2, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner.

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2 Comments

  1. This is indeed one of the saddest times, in recent memory, for our Service and those who support it with their sons, daughters, Fathers and Mothers, sisters and brothers. We have lost a great patriot who served his Country well, and left us us way too soon. “Fair Winds and Following Seas”, shipmate. Our prayers are offered up to a loving God on behalf of the Family, Friends and Shipmates of BMC Terrell Horne III. God Bless you all…….SEMPER PARATUS……..

  2. Bill Haney says:

    By all accounts, Senior Chief Horne was an amazing man, a patriot, a tribute to his family and his military profession. May God bless and comfort his family and shipmates.