Coast Guard recovers missing CG-6535 crew member

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Andrew Knight Memorial Service
Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight was honored earlier today in a memorial service for the crew of Coast Guard helicopter 6535. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Hours ago, response personnel recovered Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight, the flight mechanic and fourth crew member of Coast Guard helicopter 6535.

Picture of Andrew Knight
Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight served as the flight mechanic for Coast Guard helicopter 6535. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

“This has been a long, tasking week for all involved as we pushed forward and put in countless hours to find our fallen Guardians and bring them back home,” said Capt. Kenneth Ivery, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “The Coast Guard thanks all the responders including local, state and federal agencies, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and volunteers. We are also very appreciative of the great city of Mobile and state of Alabama for the support demonstrated during this tragedy.”

On Feb. 28, 2012, a Coast Guard helicopter, designation 6535, went down in Mobile Bay, Ala., during a training flight. The bodies of aircraft commander Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, pilot Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron and rescue swimmer Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge were recovered from the crash site last week.

Earlier today, Coast Guard personnel and families gathered at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., to pay tribute to the crew of CG-6535.

21 comments on “Coast Guard recovers missing CG-6535 crew member”

  1. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the family members and friends of  our fallen ship mates. They will be missed greatly and never forgotten.                                            

    1. the Baker family  love & prayers go out to the familys of our fallen Coast Guard members…..GOD BLESS….

  2. May they finally rest in peace.

    Semper Paratus!

    They fought for our
    freedom, accomplished their
    missions, and became heroes
    till the end.
    Remember Our Fallen

  3. God bless you brother… your mission is complete and you can rest in peace now, knowing that you left the world a better place.

  4. leave no man behind, welcome back shipmate, you are in our thoughts and our prayers are wtih you and your family.

  5. I believe all CG people are humbled, glad and pleased that the entire crew has been recoveed.

    In passing, it took many years (Jun68 – Oct2003) to recover the remains of Jack Rittichire from his crash area in VietNam. However, we still have two CG personnel missing on the Greenland icecap. There are those who think they know where the crash aircraft is located, but no funding has been provided by the CG to recover these two who gave their lives trying to save members of an Army Air Corps downed air crew. I feel that we should expect thet they be “Brought Home.”  In no way do I mean to demean the crew of 6535, I just propose similar heroic effort for LT Pritchard and PO1 Bottoms.

    God rest and bless these fellow Coastguardsmen and I pray peace unto the families. They only thing we leave behind is our chacter; and the crew of 6535 had the highest character.

    Hooligan56 

  6. DALE TAYLOR’S MOM AND DAD LIVE DOWN THE ROAD FROM ME AND THEY HAVE LINED THERE DRIVEWAY WITH AMERICAN FLAGS AND THERE FLAG AT HALF MASED. THEY ALL DIED DOING WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO.MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE FAMILIES OF THESE USCG MAN WHO SERVED THE GREAT USA.

  7. Eternal rest grant unto them Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace, see Your face and know Your love.

  8. May God bless Petty Officer Knight and his family and keep them in his care. Thank you to all who serve our country for all they do.

  9. on behalf of all Coastie Moms – Thank you Atlantic Strike Team for never giving up and bringing Andrew home.

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