Memorial Set for Coast Guard Crash Victims

A memorial service is planned for Friday morning for the seven Coast Guard members who died in a collision with a Marine helicopter near San Diego last week.
The ceremony will be held at Air Station Sacramento, where the crew of the C-130 was based, the Coast Guard said Wednesday. The service will be closed to the public but transmitted live over the Internet.

The crew members from the Coast Guard C-130 killed in the crash are:

  • 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

Pentagon and U.S. military officials said four Marine helicopters were flying in formation from San Diego to San Clemente island about dusk on Thursday night when the Coast Guard C-130 collided with the helicopter.

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.

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