"Your presence here this morning devotes remembrance," said
Capt. J.J. O'Connor,
the Commanding officer of Air Station Sacramento. "We're gathered as a Coast Guard family. We will lift each other up."
The ceremony is being held at the Sacramento station where the C-130 Coast Guard plane was based. The Coast Guard members in the crash were:
No bodies were recovered after the crash.
The plane was searching for a missing boater when it collided Oct. 29 with the helicopter, which was on a training exercise.
The AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter's two-man crew -- Major Samuel Leigh, 35, from Maine, and 1st Lt. Thomas Claiborne, 26, of Colorado -- was also killed. A Marine spokesman, Major Jay Delarosa, said a memorial was not yet scheduled.
A joint Marines-Coast Guard board is investigating the cause of the crash.