Slain Coast Guard veteran honored at memorial ceremony
Fellow U.S. Coast Guardsmen, friends and family members gathered at a Dec. 8 memorial ceremony for Terrell Horne to pay tribute to the veteran senior chief petty officer who was killed while investigating a suspected smuggling vessel.
Horne, a 34-year-old Redondo Beach resident who served as a boatswain mate onboard the Marina del Rey-based Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, suffered a fatal head injury in a collision with a “panga” boat near Santa Cruz Island Dec. 2. The 14-year Coast Guard veteran is survived by his wife, Rachel, and two sons, Kade and Miller.
The memorial ceremony in Long Beach was attended by an estimated 1,000 people from the law enforcement community, U.S. Coast Guard, local, state and federal government, international partners and family. Among those in attendance was U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
“This tragic attack also reminds us of the unique dangers the men and women of the Coast Guard face and their willingness to meet them on a moment’s notice, with great valor and selflessness,” said Napolitano.
Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp, Jr. said Horne lived the Coast Guard ethos and was an example to all.
“We will forever remember him for his selfless leadership and his courage. He made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his shipmates and the nation, just as he served others throughout his 14 year career,” Papp said.
The ceremony also included multiple aircraft flyovers, a three-round volley by the Coast Guard Honor Guard, music by the Coast Guard Band and an award presentation.
Horne was killed when the smaller inflatable boat he was on was struck by the panga boat suspected of smuggling activities. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court has charged two Mexican nationals in connection with Horne’s death.