Coast Guard Holds Memorial for Servicemen

Ed Ronco and Lily Mihalik, KCAW – Sitka

The Coast Guard is a family. That was the prevailing sentiment at a memorial service held this afternoon in Sitka for Lieutenant Sean Krueger, Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Hoke and Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Banks. The three Coast Guard servicemen died last week when their MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crashed into the water off La Push, Washington.

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp made the trip from Washington, D.C., to attend the memorial service.

Today’s memorial service was also watched online by more than 1,300 people. The survivor of the crash, Lieutenant Lance Leone, was released from a Seattle hospital on Monday after being treated for a broken arm and leg.

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