Tribute to CG-6535


CG-6535 tribute

On behalf of the Coast Guard family, we at Coast Guard Compass want to thank all of you for the outpouring of support and prayers following the tragic loss of four Coast Guardsmen when Coast Guard helicopter CG-6535 crashed in Mobile Bay on Tuesday evening.

Last night, the Coast Guard called off the active search for survivors and has shifted to recovery operations.

The social media team has created a graphic to memorialize the crew: Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight.

We invite you to click on and download the image above and join us in making this image your social media profile photo in solidarity with the service and in tribute to the crew of CG-6535.

90 comments on “Tribute to CG-6535”

  1. They fly on heaven’s wings. As a long time Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliarist this incident hits hard with us as well as we all are members of the same brotherhood; regardless of which nation we may live within. My District and Region has many great ties with the USCG including Air Station Detroit. When the news came out, it makes us wonder, is this someone we may have known personally regardless of which station was involved. We are at one with you. May the skies of your flight always be CAVU.

  2. Prayers for the families of the crew and for their shipmates.  I lost six of my shipmates in 1967 when a “goat” went down in the northern gulf.  Semper Paratus!  Bob

  3. Rest in peace crew of CG-6535, thank you for all of your dedication to your duties in protecting and serving others by always being ready to lay it on the line so others may live. Report to your new duty station and be welcomed to your new home by your brothers and sisters in service. Semper Fi to all who are Semper Paratus. 

  4. We are saddened by the loss of Dale Taylor, a very special member of our church, and for the other three Coast Guardmen and for their service to our country

  5. My father is 22.5 years retired U.S. Coast Guard Veteran aviator.  I proud persons service in U.S.C.G..

  6. Our prayers are with the families and friends of these heroic men. May God guide your every step and give you His peace.
    Mike and Kim O’Neal

  7. Dale Taylor was one of the most up beat people and with out a doubt if I was ever asked who I would want to fly with on a dark and stormy night he would be at the top of my list. He was a book of aviation knowledge and even more so an outstanding pilot and person. I had the honor of flying and working with him personally as my AEO and he will be greatly missed. Jorge Fernando was a great rescue swimmer and a person who always shined a positive light with his company. Good rescue swimmers tend to bond with flight mechanics in a particular way that is hard to describe. To put into words Jorge Fernando was like a brother. Andrew Knight was a positive, upbeat young man who took pride in everything he did and strived to be the best flight mechanic possible. Coast Guard Aviation has taken a hit losing this outstanding individual.  I did not know Mr. Cameron personally but knowing that he was a Coast Guard pilot automatically makes him family. Please pray for the families of the lost heroes as they are the ones who have given the greatest sacrifice. Crew from the 6535 you will be missed.

  8. My prayers are going out to the families of the men that lost their lives. May God grant you peace and help you to be strong. love and prayers to you all


  10. The Coast Guard Hymn Eternal Father, Lord of HostsWatch o’er the ones who guard our coastsProtect them from the raging seasAnd give them light and life and peace.Grant them from thy great throne aboveThe shield and shelter of thy love.Lord, guard and guide the ones who flyThrough the great spaces in the skyBe with them always in the air,… In darken storms or sunlight fair,Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,For those in peril in the air!Grant to them Your eternal peace, Oh Lord,For they have followed your commandment,That No Greater Love has he, who would give up his life for another.

  11.  I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to the families of Lt.
    Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, Chief Petty Officer Fernando
    Jorge and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight. It is a tragic loss
    that resonates and pervades through out the entire USCG family. Edmund
    Hogan USCG Ret.

  12. Praying for you and your families. You are true heroes and Guardian Angels. Thank You for your service. You will never be forgotten! 

  13. Thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and shipmates of these great Coasties. R.I.P. Guardians

  14. Thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and shipmates of these great Coasties. R.I.P. Guardians

  15. As
    the Coast Guard and the city of Mobile, AL mourn the loss of the CG 6535 flight
    crew, I wanted to share with you my friendship with the Aircraft Commander,
    LCDR Dale Taylor.  I met Dale in 1999 when
    my wife and Dale were in Officer Candidate School together.    Dale was the most down to earth person I’d
    ever met and we instantly were friends. 
    He told me he was from North Carolina and introduced me to his beautiful
    wife, Teresa.   He wanted to be a Coast Guard aviator, fly
    helicopters and save lives.  It was his
    life-long dream.  I shared with him that
    I had spent 30 years in Coast Guard Aviation and he wanted to know all about it.
       It was the start of a wonderful

    his outstanding performance in OCS, Dale was selected to go to NAS Pensacola
    for flight school. Dale made it through with flying colors and was so excited,
    as we all were, to get his wings of gold. 
    Dale reported to ATC Mobile and was selected to fly in the HH65
    helicopters; he was a natural and loved to fly. 

    first tour in CG Aviation was in Savannah, GA where he started flying as often
    as he could, accumulating the hours and expertise to be designated as an
    aircraft commander.   Dale started flying
    search and rescue (SAR) missions and when he made his first rescue he called to
    share the great news that he had saved a life and he was so proud of what all
    his training had prepared him to do.   I
    had retired in 1996, so our frequent conversations allowed me to still feel
    like I was part of the action!

     Dale’s experience in aviation and expertise in
    the HH65 aircraft led him to ATC Mobile where he became an instructor
    pilot.  To be selected as a flight instructor
    you have to be an excellent pilot who enjoys teaching others.  Dale had thousands of flight hours, more than
    most pilots with his time in service.  When
    he was out flying he gave his heart and soul to what he was doing. He trained
    hundreds of pilots while in Mobile and he was considered one of the best.

    called me the day before his final flight and told me he had orders to transfer
    to CG Air Station Atlantic City, NJ this summer and was going to miss living in
    beautiful Mobile.

    Dale wasn’t flying he was a devoted husband and proud father of two beautiful
    boys.  He often told me how lucky he was
    being married to Teresa; that he must have done something right for God to have
    blessed him with such a wonderful wife and mother to his boys.

    someone is taken away from us so suddenly, a hole is left in the heart of
    everyone who they touched.  I know that I
    can feel the emptiness in my heart and I will certainly miss the phone calls
    and laughter we shared.   I am proud to have been Dale’s friend, and
    feel blessed to have known him.

    Coast Guard lost an excellent aircrew in the waters of Mobile Bay; they will
    all be sorely missed.  For all of the
    family and friends who have been left behind, know that heaven just became a
    better place with their arrival.

    Darell Gelakoska (ret) Seattle, WA,

  16. Served with CPO Jorge almost 20 years ago aboard the CGC Chase.  Focused and dedicated to becoming an ASM.  RIP- Fair winds and following seas to all.

  17. Rose Villarreal

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those lost this day.  I pray for all our Coast Guard personell.  My best friend’s son serves in the Coast Guard – you are important to our nation as our military is too.  May God give each of you peace in your hearts in knowing that they are with Him. 

  18. I’m a veteran of the Coast Guard having served as an HH-52A flight Mechanic at Cape May and Miami. I knew one of the pilots on the helo lost at Mobile back in 1981, and this was a stark reminder of that loss, and of the danger that each and every one of us accept every time we put on a flight suit. These four brave Americans knew it as well. I pray for comfort for their families, friends and for their shipmates, who even in the shadow of this tragedy will continue to perform the mission of the Coast Guard. Be at peace, crew of the CG-6535; your mission is complete. 

  19. As the wife of a Coast Guard Pilot, my heart goes out to family and other friends of the CG-6535 crew, as well as the entire military community.

    With every accident, and every life lost, we are all reminded of the sacrifices we make and the risks we take each day. This tragedy weighs heavy my heart, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  20. As a wife of a COASTIE, I can’t imagine what these families are going through.  My and the crew of the CGC Cypress prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  21. My Coast Guard Brothers Rest In Peace!  Semper Paratus!  Save me a spot in heaven, fellows.
    CWO4 Carlos Martinez, USCGRetired

  22. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to my fellow Coast Guard teammates who lost their lives during this tragic mishap.  Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and God Bless You and comfort your families and friends during their grief.

  23. My sincere condolences go out to the Taylor, Cameron, Jorge & Knight families. May God comfort you in your grief. Rest in Peace CG-6535 crew.  

  24. So Long to a Good Pilot and Ansel and Ansel E Holy here, Wishes you All a Good Night…and Captin Bleethx

  25. From an Old Tincan Sailor, you truly are part of the “Band
    of Brothers”  “Fair winds and following

    not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there… I do not sleep.
    I am the thousand winds that blow…
    I am the diamond glints on snow…
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain…
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you waken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of gentle birds in circling flight…
    I am the soft star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry—
    I am not there… I did not die…

  26. Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight, thank you all so much for your service and for paying the ultimate price for my freedoms and liberties! RIP Great American Warriors….I salute you all! Hugs & Prayers, Sparrow Six-Five!


  28. Rest in peace, shipmates. I’m LTJG in Lithuanian Navy. It was my honor to study and live for four years with shipmate Thomas at the USCGA.
    May God bless each of them

  29. Few outside of aviation understand the source of the bonds that form between aviators. Those bonds, are forged from the complete trust and confidence pilots and aircrew collectively have in one another as they willingly step forward to strap on an aircraft and go aloft on but a wing…a prayer…and each other’s abilities.

    At the preflight brief the congealment starts…a few offhanded jokes…small talk…and then to the crux of the matter…the mission…the risks.  In the back of every aviator’s mind there is always a slight tinge of fear borne out of the knowledge derived from countless lessons learned.  While no one dwells on the subject for long, within the subconscious resides a perpetual memory of the mishap messages, the tail numbers, and crewman lost.

    Still…they go forward, ever optimistic and ever faithful.  As they leave the clean well lighted confines of the hangar and approach the aircraft, all eyes look to the horizon. Most days or nights crews are elated to see panoramic vistas of blue skies, or starlit nights painted by god almighty himself…but frequently, they see no horizon at all, only an ominous grey, or a black abyss, precipitation, wind, and billowing seas that they must now endeavor.

    As the rotors turn and the aircraft comes to life, the crew is meticulous in their regimen, knowing they must all be ever vigilant to overcome their own human frailties, the finicky nature of the equipment, and ever present hazards that come with being aloft in a world where a ten foot, ten knot, ten degree differential could spell certain disaster. 

    On scene, especially under the most difficult circumstances, the pilots, flight mechs, or swimmers wonder if they have what it takes today as they perform their well rehearsed procedure, to what they hope will be perfection.

    At the conclusion of every flight the aircrews come together and debrief. Most often to share lessons learned and how to be better for the next flight.  Occasionally they discuss in amazement the difficulties overcome, but always there is a since of satisfaction and relief that everyone, at least for today, is home safe and ready to face the next mission.

    Today is the day like many more to come, that aircrews will practice their faith and strap in acknowledging the risks…yet knowing, should they be called to give their last full measure of devotion and give up their tomorrows…it is for a warranted and worthwhile cause…to save others…and to defend this nation!

    God bless CG6535.

  30. Like some of the fellow Marines who have commented, you have our utmost regard for the mission you perform with utmost professionalism and selflessness.  Words can hardly ever do justice to the sacrifices we make in service to our nation and our citizenry, especially when those sacrifices are made by those who perish.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and fellow Coast Guardsmen of CG-6535.  Semper Fidelis, Terry Hess, Retired Marine.

  31. I am not in the military, but have a child who was a Coastie, and is married to a Coastie (who is stationed at Mobile).  I have followed this tragic story since it first happened.  Have had PRAYER VIGILS going on at church for the four men and their families.  Was so thrilled that all were found, but was saddened at the loss of their lives.

    Did not know of this web site until today, and wanted to express my sorrow for the families who lost their brave loved ones in this horrific accident.  My heart feels your pain.  I have cried through all of the thoughtful comments posted here on this web site; I read each and every one of them. God bless all of you who were caring enough to post a comment.

    God Bless all of our brave men and women who serve our country; we cannot thank you enough; tragedy always hurts; but more so when it hits at home.

    Families of our FALLEN, stay strong for your children, they need you now more than ever;  TRUST IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.  He will take care of your loved ones for you.  Love and prayers to all of you.       Mom of a Coastie   JESUS IS LORD

  32. they never say why these things crash..  What’s going on?  A brand new aircraft purchased with my tax dollars does not just crash.  The aircraft was obviously being abused.  Please share what happened with the true owners of that aircraft.  The taxpayers..  I know you folks have a difficult time with that term..  TAX PAYERS!! 

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