CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas
— Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi is
scheduled to hold a memorial ceremony to commemorate the sacrifice of an Air
Station Corpus Christi HU-16 Albatross aircrew lost in the line of duty 46
years ago, Friday.
Who: Capt. Jason Smith, deputy commander of Sector/Air Station Corpus
Christi, will be officiating the ceremony.
What: The Coast Guard is inviting media to attend the memorial ceremony.
Where: Sherrill Park
299 Kinney St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
When: Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at 8 a.m.
On Sept. 21, 1973, the crew of HU-16 Albatross CG2123 answered the call of
duty and responded to a search and rescue case for a man reported overboard off
the merchant vessel Berlin Ester, just to the east of the Port Aransas jetties.
As the crew began dropping hand-launched MK-45 parachute flares for the
HH-52 helicopter aircrew searching behind them, a fire erupted in the
cabin. The aircrew attempted to ditch the aircraft, but the intense smoke
of the fire incapacitated them.
The crew of CG2123 were:
Lt. Cmdr. Francis W. Miller
Lt. j.g. Jerald M. Mack
Petty Officer 1st Class Harold D. Brown, Jr.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin R. Gaskins, Jr.
Petty Officer 2nd Class John F. Harrison
Petty Officer 2nd Class John P. Pledger