Sadly, the Coast Guard was struck by the loss of four members last year, when the helicopter crew of CG-6535 went down in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Since the day of this tragedy, the Coast Guard Foundation has been supporting the families, and members of the Coast Guard community, affected by the crash.
In the year since the tragedy, the Foundation raised more than $63,000 for a permanent memorial at Aviation Training Center Mobile, pictured at left, which was dedicated on March 1, 2013. The devastation of losing a loved one cannot be measured, but the Coast Guard Foundation makes every effort to comfort families and Coast Guard personnel affected during these trying times.
The memorial at Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama dedicated to the crew of CG-6535.
The CG-6535 monument is situated only a few feet from the newly rededicated memorial to the crew of CG-1427, an HH-52A helicopter, who were killed 31 years ago on Oct. 22, 1981 during a nighttime training mission.
"(This monument) is our promise, our covenant, that those men will never be forgotten by the men and women of ATC Mobile," Maine said. "We will remember (the CG-65-35 crew) 31 years from now, and 31 years after that."
This memorial, a granite obelisk containing the biographies of the men lost in the crash, will serve as a reminder the danger that the men and women of the Coast Guard face every day, risking their lives to save others.