Shane Williams is an aviation technician stationed at Air Station Sacramento who is organizing a bike ride on the Pacific Coast Highway, riding 400 miles in five days, October 14 through October 19, to raise money in support of the memorial to CG-6535, a Coast Guard helicopter crew that was lost earlier this year in Mobile, Alabama. The loss of CG-6535 resonated sharply with Shane, because of the tragedy of CG-1705, a Sacramento-based Coast Guard plane that was lost in 2009. Shane will be joined on his ride by fellow riders and Coast Guardsmen: AET2 Dan Adams, Lt. Kevan Hanson, and OS2 Geoff Potter, though he expects more riders to join.
"Being that so many people helped us out when the 1705 had its accident, we'd be honored to help out in any way," Shane says of why he got involved.
Shane Williams pictured here at right.
The crew of CG-6535 was lost in Mobile, Alabama on the night of Feb. 28. All four crew members perished in the crash. Please join us in offering our deepest sympathies to the families impacted by this incident. The Coast Guard Foundation raised funds to pay for the memorial service for the crew, which was held on March 8 in Mobile. Following the crash, volunteers from Aviation Training Center Mobile approached the Foundation with the goal of building a permanent memorial to the crew of CG-6535 and the crew of CG-1427, a Mobile-based crew that was lost in 1981.
- Crew of CG-6535, lost in 2012: LCDR Dale Taylor | LTJG Thomas Cameron | ASTC Fernando Jorge | AET3 Andrew Knight
- Crew of CG-1427, lost in 1981: LT Raymond T. Brooks | LTJG Robert E. Winter | AD3 Mark C. Johnson | AD3 Joe A. Hinton
LCDR Taylor is from Snow Hill, North Carolina. Lt. j.g. Cameron is from Portland, OR and was a 2009 Coast Guard Academy graduate and former captain of the Academy's soccer team. CPO Jorge is from Cypress, California. AET3 Knight is from Thomasville, Alabama.
This tribute illustration to the crew of CG-6535 was created by Sean P. Lawler.