Time and again we have seen tragedy bring communities together as families. Earlier this week, tragedy struck our service when Coast Guard helicopter 6535 went down in Mobile Bay. In keeping with what makes America the greatest country in the world and Mobile, Ala., a Coast Guard City, the community came together to support the Coast Guard during search and rescue operations for Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight.
“From the first responders and volunteers who took part in the search, and expressions of condolence and prayer vigils in the community to the ongoing assistance to families and crews, the people of Mobile proved themselves worthy of the moniker Shipmate,” said Capt. Kenneth Ivey, Sector Mobile deputy commander.
“As Coast Guardsmen we live, train and work in this community and are proud to call it home, even if only for the few years we are assigned here. Today, as every day, we are humbled and honored by the welcoming openness of this community.”
As these days of tragedy give way to a lasting legacy honored by the service and sacrifice of Coast Guard men and women – present and future – the support of the community of Mobile will not be forgotten.