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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. Fair Winds and Following Seas to fellow Chief Terrell Horne III ... You have served with honor, pride and love to your family, our Coast Guard and our nation. Your legacy as a leader will live on with those you have touched. May God's arms continue to surround those of whom you have left behind. We bid you farewell and God bless.
  2. There is no measure how much BMC Horne influenced those around him and his impact on the world. He gave the ultimate sacrifice and deserves the highest respect. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May he always watch over us.
  3. Fair winds and following seas. Rest in Peace BMC Terrell Horne. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and all of his fellow shipmates.
  5. BMC Horne may you rest in peace. My heart goes out to your loved ones and shipmates. Fair winds and following seas! Semper Paratus!
  6. Condolences to Hornes family and friends, as well as his USGC family. Everyone at the Long Beach Police Department thanks you for your dedication and committment to homeland secuirty and the ultimate sacrifice that was made.
  7. To my fellow chief, thank you for your service God bless you and your family. My families thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and those who knew you best. Chief we have the watch.
  8. There are few words that adequately convey my family's feelings for the tragedy that has taken the life of this valiant Coastie. Our sincere condolences go out to the Horne family, friends and shipmates while they deal with this terrible loss. Fair Winds and Following Seas BMC Horne...
  9. Chief Horne,Thank you for your service.My thoughts are with you,your familyand your shipmates.The sad feeling never goes away but does get better with time.Fair winds and following seas.
  10. Our family shares in the grief of a brave fallen comrade. This world is safer because of the brave work and protection of our waters by the USCG. Thanks Chief Horne for your ultimate sacrifice for our country. God Bless America.
  11. I had the privilege of spending 2 weeks with Chief Horne at PCO/XPO school in New London, CT in 2011. The class was divided into teams with Terrell and I landing on the same team. The first thing he said to me during the first day of class was, " my wife is mad at you". With a puzzled look on my face, I asked him if I had previously met him and his wife before? He told me no, (joking) but his wife and him picked the USCGC YELLOWFIN as their first pick, but instead I received orders to the YELLOWFIN and he got the HALIBUT. That forced them to move from Charleston, SC to CA. We worked on team projects together and Navigation drills in the simulator. He was a sharp Coastie that will definitley be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. Thank you Terrell.
  12. My deepest condolences to the Horne Family. You are in my prayers.
  13. BMC Hornes, Fair Winds and Following Seas!.....Thank you for your 14 years of service you have given your all protecting this great country and for that you will always be considered a Hero to me and my family! May you have rest now your shipmates now have the watch.... God be with your family and friends in this tragic and difficult time. Bravo Zulu BMC Hornes, Semper Paratus.
  14. As a father of three words cannot express the sadness I feel for his family. Fair winds and following seas shipmate!
  15. My condolences to the family He is gods hands. Rest in peace.
  16. My wife and I extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chief Horne. Although we never had the priviledge of meeting him, we sense his level of commitment to the United States of America and are reminded of a quote from Thomas Jefferson, who said "love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself". Chief Horne made the supreme sacrifice in the service of his Country and will not be forgotten.
  17. Fair winds and following seas Chief. We all mourne your passing, even those of us who did not know you and served before you. Our prayers go out to you and your family and while we may not be able to comfort you or your loved ones, let everyone take note that you know sail with one higher and those who have passed the bar before you and ahead of those who will follow. Your actions, your deeds, your honor and your commitment to service will be your legacy. Semper Paratus and job well done for you gave the greatest gift of all so others may live.
  18. Fair winds and following seas Chief. You now sail with one higher and those who have passed over the bar before you. Your service, your honor, your committment, your friendships will be your legacy. Godspeed. Semper Paratus.
  19. My condolences to BMC Hornesf amily and shipmates. Chief you will be missed. Thank for protecting our country You are a true hero!! GOD BLESS THE COAST GUARD
  20. As a former Coast Guard service member (1967-72) and parents of a recent Coastie, we send our deepest condolences to you and your children and mourn your loss. Your children will grow up knowing that he was a true hero and we have so few in this world anymore.
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