Kodiak-based tribe, cutter crew hold memorial in Chadrik Bay

KODIAK, Alaska - Martha Keegan, right, and John Reft, center, lay flower in memory of lost friends and family into the waters of Chadrik Bay during a memorial service May 31, 2011, aboard the cutter SPAR. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

KODIAK, Alaska - Martha Keegan, right, and John Reft, center, lay flower in memory of lost friends and family into the waters of Chadrik Bay during a memorial service May 31, 2011, aboard the cutter SPAR. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR and crew transported 15 members of the Sun’Aq tribe of Kodiak to the site of the tragedy for a memorial service. Two survivors from the Phyllis-S collision were aboard as well as the granddaughter and sister of the two lost Phyllis-S passengers were a part of the ceremony. John Reft, a survivor of the Phyllis-S collision was only four years old when the tragedy happened, and Martha Keegan, the granddaughter and sister of the two passengers who were lost from the tragedy, both laid flowerss into the waters of Chadrik Bay in memory of their lost friends and family.

KODIAK, Alaska - Russian Orthodox priest Father Alexei Knagin, with St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Kodiak, leads a traditional memorial called, Pnikhida, aboard the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR in Chadrik Bay May 31, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

KODIAK, Alaska - Russian Orthodox priest Father Alexei Knagin, with St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Kodiak, leads a traditional memorial called, Pnikhida, aboard the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR in Chadrik Bay May 31, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

Most of the Sun’Aq tribe is Russian Orthodox by heritage in their beliefs and to lead the memorial service for the Phyllis-S was Father Alexei Knagin, a Russian Orthodox priest with St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Kodiak. During the ceremony Knagin held the traditional blessing cross, prayer book and censer holding the incense while he gave the traditional Orthodox memorial service called, Pnikhida, in memory of those who died on Dec. 17, 1942. Members of the Sun’Aq tribe and of the Orthodox church were part of the service. Father Knagin also blessed and prayed over the fallen servicemembers during the memorial service.

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