Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak remembers those who came before

Air Station Kodiak drops wreath in memory of lost Navy sailors near Kodiak Alaska

Petty Officer 3rd Class Luis Nunez, an aviation maintenance technician at Air Station Kodiak, prepare to toss a wreath out of the back of a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane over Womens Bay near Kodiak, Alaska, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. The wreath dropped to in memory of 25 sailors and Navy aviators who were lost when their Navy PB4Y-2 Privateer transport plane crashed in Southeast Alaska on a flight from Kodiak to Seattle Nov. 30, 1945. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Tuesday while on a training flight, Coast Guardsmen aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, dropped a wreath in memory of 25 Navy and Navy Reserve members who served in Kodiak during World War II and lost their lives in a plane crash that occurred in Southeast Alaska Nov. 30, 1945.

A Navy Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer transport plane attached to Squadron VP-122 departed then Naval Air Station Kodiak for Seattle with an 8-man crew and 17 passengers nearly 67 years ago. Their mission was to transport the passengers back to the Lower 48 for rotation out of Kodiak. During their flight south, the pilots made several normal operations reports, the last of which came as they passed over Sitka. Following that, nothing was heard from the aircraft and it went missing without a trace. The cause of the accident remains undetermined. A search by the Navy and Coast Guard reveled no sign of wreckage.

Those who served in Alaska during World War II faced challenges like no others during the war. This unfortunate accident reminds us how the unforgiving environment of Alaska can make even the most routine operations a battle. Our fellow servicemen are lost but not forgotten.

The following is a list of their names:

LTjg John E. McMillan, USNR
ENS Joseph E. Osebold, USNR
ARM3c Charles W. Baker, USNR
ARM2c Herman C. Bumpus, USN
AMM3c Benjamin Norman, USNR
AGM1c John A. Pevelich, USNR
AMM1c John G. Spencer, USN
ACM1c Haywood S. Waller, USNR
EM1c John G. Kativa, USNR
SF3c Edward J. Emolenski, USNR
GCS James E. Westfall, USN
Stl Dianiso A. Fajardo, USNR
GM3c A. Stringer, USNR
AMM3c Lynn Christiansen, USNR
S1c Harry B. Dawson, USN
AMM3c Francis J. Fries, USNR
LTjg William F. Harper, USNR
AMM2c Carl E. Behrens, USNR
LT John J. Ferguson, USNR
LT Delnorte Bonufant, USNR
AMM3c Owen R. Tennat, USNR
AMM3c Anthony W. Volk, USNR
AMM2c Indvek F. Medvesek, USN
LT Joseph Edelman, USN
SP3c Steve W. Pugnaski, USNR

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