Coast Guard remembers crew of 6017

Our condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Sean D. Krueger, Petty Officer 1st Class Adam C. Hoke and Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett M. Banks who were killed one year ago today when their helicopter crashed in the waters off La Push, Wa. A simple yet powerful memorial is planned for the grounds of Air Station Sitka. A totem pole, which will be crafted by the Tribal Government of Sitka, will memorialize the three crew members in the near future, but today we will take a moment of silence in their honor. They are gone but not forgotten.

Taps is played for those lost aboard CG 6017

SITKA, Alaska – A Coast Guardsmen plays taps in respect to the three lost crewmembers who lost their lives when Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter MH-60 6017 went down near La Push, Wash., Tuesday, July 13, 2010. The music was played as a conclusion for the memorial service held at the Hangar at Air Station Sitka. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn.

Flight is freedom in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;
To roll and to glide, to wheel and to spin,
To feel the joy that swells within;
To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
And to know the warmth of a clear spring sky;
Then back to earth at the end of the day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.
Should my end come while I am in flight,
Whether the brightest day or darkest night;
Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
Secure in the knowledge that I’d do it again;
For each of us is created to die,
And within me I know,
I was born to fly.
-Gary Claude Stoker
To read more about the crash please click here.
To read about the memorial and see images please click here.
To see video from the memorial please click here.

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