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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. Chief Petty Officer Horne III I thank you for your service. May you rest in peace. My heart goes out to your dear wife & daughter, your family & friends and your shipmates. Your extended Coast Guard family grieves along with them today.
  2. God Bless you Chief Petty Officer Horne III May your family be surrounded in prayers and love in the aftermath of this tragic loss. You are our Hero.Thank you for your dedicated career in the USCG and for defending us so well. As a Mom of 2 sons serving in the USCG, we grieve alongside your family, as our own.
  3. To the Family of this wonderful young man. We Thank You for your service. Our hearts go out to you and your family. There are no words that can comfort at this time. Know that we are praying for you and your family. I am so sorry.
  4. Eternal Father, Lord of hosts, Watch o'er the men who guard our coasts. Protect them from the raging seas And give them light and life and peace. Grant them from thy great throne above The shield and shelter of thy love.
  5. May you RIP Chief Terrell Horne III, thank you for your service. My heart and prayers go out to the family. Wish I could reach out and hug the family in this time of sorrow. I am so sorry.
  6. Chief Petty Officer Horne III, thank you for your service and may you be held forever in the arms of angels. My heart goes out to you and your family.
  7. Chief Petty Officer Horne III, many thanks for your service to our country. May you Rest in Peace and may your family find comfort in knowing that you are a hero....
  8. Rest in peace BMC Horne III, thank you very much for your service to our country. Prayers to your family during this difficult time.
  9. May be peace be with you and your family as we grieve alongside.. We thank you eternally for your service to our country. You will be missed.
  10. Thank you for your service to our country. Prayers to your family during this time. May your children learn of the dedication to duty displayed by their father. Prayers too to your shipmates. Rest easy knowing the watch has been passed to them...
  11. My thoughts and prayers and with the family during this difficult time. You are a hero!
  12. BMC Horne, may you have fair winds and following seas in Heaven. You served your country proudly, and you are a Hero. May your family know tears are shed for you, hearts are heavy. Your Coast Guard family holds them close in thought and prayer. Heaven has a new Guardian. God Bless.
  13. RIP Chief Horne... The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains.....For every joy that passes,something beautiful remains. Your USCG family grieves. You are a true hero
  14. I had the privilege of serving with then BM1 Horne aboard CGC DALLAS. He was truly a remarkable Boatswains Mate; qualified DWO on a 378' WHEC as an E6, a skilled mentor to those junior and senior, and a wonderful shipmate to all. The entire service has suffered a huge loss with this hero gone, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family first and foremost.
  15. Thank you Chief Terrell for your service keeping this country s safer place to live, god bless you. To the family and the men and women of USCG god bless you all.
  16. God bless BMC Horne for his unselfish sacrifice to protect our shores and our children. May the Lord bless his family and shipmates during this difficult time. Fair winds and following seas, brother.
  17. Chiefs are what E-6 and below look up too. What he has done will be with all members for a lifetime. I thank him for what he has done and grieve with his family. Fair winds and following seas shipmate. Semper P.
  18. My sincerest condolences to BMC Horne's family and his fellow crewmates in this most difficult time. Heaven has another Hero in it's midst. Thank you for your dedicated service to the people of the US. May your family and friends know that your extended CG family mourns his passing with you. Semper Paratus, BMC Horne!
  19. My condolences to BMC Hornes family, friends, shipmates and the Coast Guard family in this difficult time. Throughout my time in the CG, I saw many shipmates put their lives on the line each day to protect this great country we live in, from protecting fisheries, preventing illegal migrants from entering our country, military and counter narcotic operations. BMC made the ultimate sacrifice protecting each and every one of us. "Fair Winds and Following Seas" Chief, we now have the watch!
  20. Fair Winds and Following Seas...............your guys will carry on for you and your Service will help your family through this. Thank you for your service Chief. lyelle h
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