"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:
- Lt. Cmdr. Che J. Barnes, 35, Capay, Calif., aircraft commander
- Lt. Adam W. Bryant, 28, Crewe, Va., co-pilot
- Chief Petty Officer John F. Seidman, 43, Stockton, Calif., flight engineer
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Carl P. Grigonis, 35, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, navigator
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Monica L. Beacham, 29, Decaturville, Tenn., radio operator
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason S. Moletzsky, 26, Norristown, Penn., air crew
- Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny R. Kreder II, 22, Elm Mott, Texas, drop master
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.