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Kodiak, Deck Watch honor fallen shipmates

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
Posted by: PA2 Charly Hengen
Coast Guard Base Kodiak personnel endured a week of sadness as they memorialized two fallen shipmates, Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle (Ret.) and Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins.  Base Kodiak personnel held a memorial service and continued to respect these men by laying a wreath in Chiniak Bay.  Before the men were flown to Anchorage to be transferred to their final resting places, Coast Guardsmen lined the streets saluting the funeral procession.  Kodiak Coast Guardsmen exemplified the Coast Guard core values:  Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty.

 Cmdr. Peter Van Ness, Communication Station Kodiak commanding officer, speaks during a memorial service for Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle (Ret.) at Base Kodiak April 18, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.
Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Formosa and Petty Officer 1st Class Joey Bucciero, both with Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, prepare to lay wreaths in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak April 19, 2012. Formosa and Bucciero laid the wreaths to honor two fallen Coast Guardsmen from Communication Station Kodiak. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.
Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle (Ret.) and Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins' caskets rest in an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane April 20, 2012. The men are being flown to Anchorage where they will then proceed to their respective places for burial. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.