Memorial service for U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 air crew scheduled for Friday

HONOLULU – A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Friday at Air Station Barbers Point in Ewa Beach for U.S. Coast Guard air crewmen aboard an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter that crashed Sept. 4.

The service will be held in the hangar for three members who lost their lives in the accident and one crew member who remains missing at sea.

Family members of the air crew members have asked that media members remain off base during the ceremony. The Coast Guard will address media outside the air station gate at the conclusion of the ceremony. Family members and Coast Guard members who wish to speak also will be invited to do so at that time.

The Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, will attend from Washington, D.C., as will Vice Adm. David Pekoske, the commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, headquartered in Alameda, Calif.

Tentative plans have a flyover scheduled for approximately 10:45 a.m.

Honolulu Police Department officers will help with traffic control and logistics. Military, government and community partners invited to attend the ceremony are asked to plan accordingly in order to be seated no later than 9:45 a.m. Those planning to attend should expect to arrive early given the number of vehicles accessing the base.

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  1. Greg Bennet says:

    I flew with Tom, the Coastie not found, he was a great guy and wonderful to be with–we shared several deployments out of Floyd-Bennett Field. He and his crew are a tremendous loss to us all. Let us remember this crew and the other Coasties that have given the supreme sacrafice–now remaining on eternal, faithful duty looking out for us from above.