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Senior Chief Terrell Horne III, USCG

The worst news came in late Sunday — a Coast Guard member, Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, had died in the line of duty. BMC Horne was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter HALIBUT, based out of Marina Del Ray, attached to Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach, California.

When a Coast Guard member dies in the line of duty, we all feel the loss. Our hearts go out to BMC Horne's family at this time. As an organization we are here to support his family, and the Coast Guard community at large, any way we are needed. Please join us in sending Chief Horne's family prayers and positive thoughts at this difficult time.

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In a statement on Sunday, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert J. Papp said, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our shipmate. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, and his shipmates aboard Coast Guard Cutter Halibut. We are focused on supporting them during this very difficult time. Our fallen shipmate stood the watch on the front lines protecting our nation and we are all indebted to him for his service and sacrifice. Finally, I commend the responding Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection units whose quick actions led to the successful interdiction and apprehension of those believed to be involved."

BMC Horne served in the Coast Guard for almost 14 years, previously serving at Coast Guard Stations Emerald Isle, Humboldt Bay and Charleston, and also sailed aboard the CGC DALLAS.

According to the Coast Guard, the HALIBUT was investigating a vessel suspected of illicit activities. The vessel was initially detected by a Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft.

The cutter deployed its small boat which made an approach on the suspect vessel, which was running without any navigational running lights or other illumination. When the Coast Guard small boat approached with its blue law enforcement lights on, the suspect vessel maneuvered at a high rate of speed directly towards the Coast Guard small boat and rammed it before fleeing the scene.

Two Coast Guard members were thrown from the boat into the water, and both members were immediately recovered by the Coast Guard small boat. Upon recovery it appeared BMC Horne sustained a traumatic head injury, while the other had minor injuries.

The cutter crew quickly recovered the small boat and boarding team, and immediately administered first aid to the injured crewmembers. Halibut made its way to Port Hueneme, Calif., where emergency medical service units met the cutter at the pier and pronounced one injured crew member deceased.

Additional Coast Guard assets were able to stop the fleeing panga, and detained two suspects. The incident remains under investigation.


Comments (51)

  1. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Chief,"Fair Winds and Following Seas".
  2. My son is in the Coast Guard, was in San Pedro on the Morgenthau when this happened last Sunday. It is incomprehensible and beyond sad. Heartfelt sympathy to Officer Horne's family. He is a true hero.
  3. As the proud mother of a Coast Guard member, I want to express my deepest gratitude for the sacrifice made by BMC Horne and his family for the safety and security of our beloved country. My heart is filled with sadness for your family. I hope it helps in some small way to know that warm thoughts and love are directed your way.
  4. I had the privilege of serving with Terrell on DALLAS in 08-09. What a tremendous shipmate and professional mariner. Navigating into ports in Africa, Europe, and Asia that few cutters ever call upon, I remember looking back to him at the chart table for that affirmation that we were safe. His smile would say it all. We'll miss you Shipmate...but we'll never forget you because your legacy will live on for those that you trained to stand the watch as your relief. May the Lord help you rest in peace and comfort your wife and family.
  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Senior Chief Terrell Horne III. You are a shining example of what every Coastie should be.
  6. My sincerest condolences and God's Blessings to the family, friends and colleagues of BMC Horne at this most sorrowful of times. Words fail to express my gratitude for his service to and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country. Fair Winds and Following Seas in your new heavenly assignment, Chief; your shipmates have the watch.
  7. Fair Winds and Following Seas as you have made your path onto Glory. God Bless your family with the strength they need to bear the loss and to reflect on the amazing life you lived while with us. Amen.
  8. I did not know Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell E. Horne, III but I, as should every American, thank him and the men and women like him who willing accept the high risks in protecting our country’s values. I do know Terrell, III’s grandparents, Terrell and Connie, and they have my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers.
  9. I served with Terrell on DALLAS and there was not a finer shipmate. Always a smile and a kind word, Senior Chief Horne was a true professional who cared for and mentored people on a daily basis, accomplished the mission extraordinarily, and put great importance on his family first. He leaves a tremendously legacy as a human being and stellar Coast Guardsman. Please accept my sincere condolences and extreme gratitude for his great sacrifice, made for country and shipmate. Terrell is a CG hero.
  10. Chief, thank you for your service. May you forever have fair winds and following seas. God bless your family as he helps them through their lives. You are a hero and deserve to have your name placed with all the other law enforcement heros names on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC-reserved for law enforcement personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Well done, SEMPER PARATUS!
  11. The Coast Guard community feels the loss of a shipmate around the world from coast to coast. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to BMC Horne's family, friends, and those on the CGC HALIBUT and at their station. Fair winds and Following Seas to you BMC Horne, this is never goodbye, only until we meet again!! What a royal welcoming you received at those pearly gates! May God bless your family and hold them close!
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