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Colleagues Mourn Fallen Coast Guardsman

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III died on Sunday after a suspected drug-smuggling boat rammed the crew.

Several U.S. Coast Guard officers on Monday expressed condolences and shared stories over their fellow comrade who died on Sunday while pursuing a suspected drug-smuggling boat.

Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, was killed when a panga boat suspected of smuggling drugs rammed the Marina del Rey-based Halibut vessel off the coast of Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands, west of Malibu.

Two men have been charged, Redondo Beach Patch reported.

Horned suffered a head injury when the panga boat’s impact forced him and a fellow Coast Guard member overboard. He was rushed to Port Hueneme and later pronounced dead.

“Words cannot express the respect and admiration I have for him,” said Lt. Steward Sibert, commanding officer of the Halibut. "I was blessed to have Terrell as my second in command. Words can't express the admiration that I have for him. He was my friend. He was my confidante. He was the glue that held my crew together."

During a news conference with reporters, Sibert recalled an instance when he and Horne rescued a large group of distressed teenage kayakers near Catalina Island who were blown offshore by a storm. After the rescue, Horne gave all the kids blankets and hot chocolate. Sibert recalled the sense of pride that Horne possessed.

In another instance, Horne and Sibert rescued the crew of a sailboat near Anacapa Island. Although the situation was extremely dangerous for both the sailors and the Coast Guard, all the people on board were saved “and it was because of his experience and professionalism,” Sibert said.

"He had this great ability to look at somebody, and it didn't matter if he was having a rough day, he could tell if something was wrong and he would drop what he was doing to help them and get them what they needed," Sibert said. "He was the best shipmate I have ever known. ... He was a big brother to us all, and he is absolutely irreplaceable."

Coast Guard Chief Kellian Whidden, executive petty officer for Coast Guard Station Los Angeles/Long Beach, said she met Horne about 18 months ago when they were both studying for command review boards.

"His first question to me was, 'What do you need help with?"' she said. "I told him I needed more ship-board experience, and his response was, 'I have room on the Halibut. Why don't you spend a week with us?' From then on, he was there to make sure I passed my command review boards, and he mentored me and allowed me to have somebody to look up to.

"He was a man of honor and I was proud to call him chief. As a chief we are in a position to influence those that work with us, and Chief Horne influenced his crew to seek better ways of doing business and to be proud of what you do. He understood and he lived the Coast Guard motto of honor, respect and, finally, giving the ultimate sacrifice of devotion to duty."

Before coming to the Marina del Rey station, Horne worked near Charleston, SC, and later moved to Redondo Beach, where he lived with his wife, Rachel, who is reportedly pregnant with the couple’s second child.

“He had a sense of leadership that echoed throughout the station,” said Chief Casey Curry, who met him in 2001. “He was loyal and level-headed.”

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Jim December 04, 2012 at 06:34 AM
What a sad loss for the community!
John hacker December 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
It's really sad he died chasing marijauna that's available on every corner, in stores. Everyone that wants it can get it. Yet our corrupt gov still carries out this phony "war". Stupid sheep, please wake up. You are being screwed by criminal politicians.
J. December 04, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Please provide an address or link where contributions can be made to his family. Thank you.
Jim December 04, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Re: hacker comment- I think weed should be legal, but this seems like a very insensitive comment at the time of the death of a man doing his job and service for all of us! Not to mention the grief of his family!
Mike Smith December 05, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Perhaps Mr. Hacker, you may someday learn the meaning of responsibility, it is not yours to even degrade this Coastie with comments such as you have, this Coastie as well as many others is doing his JOB, and yours?
John hacker December 05, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Jim you don't think before you write, I said it was really sad he died. Even sadder still that he died for flawed policy. What a waste. It's not insensitive, it's the truth. If it makes you feel better that he died as a hero protecting us that's your problem.
John hacker December 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Did I degrade him you idiot? Drive around the city, there are stores selling it legally. So he died to keep it out of the country? Dont you see how stupid you are? I guess you don't.
John hacker December 05, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Doing his job, for all of us. Keeping out something that is sold legally. Not insensitive? Because I question the reason why he died? If it makes you feel better to think he died a hero, that's your right. I'm looking for the truth. This death didn't need to happen , I'm looking to prevent more of this from happening, while you delude yourself with fanciful notions of heroic deeds. Instead of accepting it, you should be working to see it doesn't happen again. Since you are an advocate for the evil weed, you are partly responsible foe his death. Hypocrite.
USCG Vet December 06, 2012 at 12:33 AM
http://www.coastguardfoundation.org/connect/blog/238-coast-guard-terrell-horne-killed-in-line-of-duty This is a link to the Coast Guard Foundation, they accept donations.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Thank you for alerting us to this link! Several people have asked how they can donate, and I will send them there.
Roger Schenck December 06, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Mr. Hacker, Being willing to die doing the job you have been asked to do is honorable. Currently the laws of this country and the mission of the United States Coast Guard is to stop these guys. Your disagreement with that does not change the hero status of this man. I would simply like to ask would you make the same statements to his family? I am happy we live in a country where you have the right to express your views but that does not make them any less insensitive.
John hacker December 06, 2012 at 03:35 PM
He died trying to stop marijauna from coming into the country. I can go right now and buy it at a number of stores. You do the math, Einstein. Something wrong here and you just don't get it. You sir, are an idiot.
Roger Schenck December 06, 2012 at 04:34 PM
So then, your position is that anyone who whats to throw some stuff on a boat and bring it into this country at night, with no lights on, should be allowed to do so because you can buy the same stuff at a store?? Really?
John hacker December 06, 2012 at 04:38 PM
No, my position is this poor guy dying because of some corrupt government policy. Wasting taxpayers money and young people lives over marijauna. It's here to stay, it's harmless, it's legally sold, so he died a hero. Whatever gives you the warm and fuzzies. I think you are an idiot. You don't get the big picture. If he died keeping out a load of candy bars, would you call him a hero? He is a victim of criminal politicians.
John hacker December 06, 2012 at 04:40 PM
And further more, if you have ever smoked marijauna, you are partly to blame. Maybe it's your guilt that calls him a hero
Roger Schenck December 06, 2012 at 05:00 PM
You really don't like answering questions do you? Just throwing your two cents out there. Would you make these same comments to Mrs. Horne? Are you ok with people smuggling whatever they want to into our country as long as it is something that you can buy somewhere legally? Oh and you forgot to call me an idiot that time...:)
Marshall Thompson December 06, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Apparently a lot of people are OK with smuggling pot, coke and ten million illegal immigrants into the country or these things would not be happening. Did you just get high? Someone died for that. Did you recently build a home in Malibu? Probably 90% or more of the labor was illegal immigrants. Glad to help you keep the price of construction down. After all that, this "Coastie" deserves our respect for his supreme sacrifice. We don't bash our soldiers for dying while defending absurd American foreign policy. RIP, Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III.
John hacker December 06, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Well you are truly an idiot, we are not talking about smuggling anything, we talking about marijauna. And what would you tell mrs. home. You're husband died saving someone? You can't admit the truth. He died for nothing. Trying to stop something that the government allows. He didn't have to die. Its because of morons like you that this corrupt government gets away with this crap. If he died trying to stop candy bars from coming in, would he be a hero? He's a victim, you idiot.
L. Campeggi December 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Well said, Roger Schenck, Mike Smith and Jim. Sadly, pepole like John Hacker are opportunists, using every forum possible for their own agendas, displaying extremely poor taste, lack of judgment, care or concern for others. The death of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III is tragic - a huge loss for his family, friends, and our community. RIP CPO Horne.
Roger Schenck December 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
The government now allows anyone to bring anything they want into our country by any means they want to??? Who is the idiot? It is illegal to smuggle anything into the US. Though I disagree with you about the fact that he died a hero, I am certain he did, you clearly do not think so. He would be a hero even if he died falling down the stairs, what makes a hero is how they live their life and sometimes how they die. You sir need to re-read or maybe read for the first time the above story and look at this mans life and take a hard look in the mirror. Then decide if you could even wear his boots.
John hacker December 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Your stupidity astounds me. No one is talking about the man personally, I'm certain he was a fine fellow. We are talking about the policies that let to his unfortunate death. I feel like I'm talking to a wall or someone with Down's syndrome. You idiots call anyone who follows orders a hero. I guess the military guys who killed innocent people overseas are also heros. And when I look in the mirror I see a guy who has sailed around the world through conditions that would make a armchair captain like you crap himself. You must think nazis were also heros for following their government orders. Yes, you are an idiot.
Tim Sole December 06, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Good Morning John Hacker, how are you and the rest of "Westboro Baptist Church" doing? I see you are still pissing on dead folks graves! All good, although we should sit down and have a face to face, we could probably hash out all the issues in a friendly sort of way.
Roger Schenck December 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
You are funny...I am the idiot? "John hacker [wrote] Well you are truly an idiot, we are not talking about smuggling anything, we talking about marijauna." Were these guys breaking the law or not? Is it acceptable to sneak (since you don't seem to like the word smuggle) anything into this country? Yes or No. People who don't agree with you seem to all be stupid, an idiot or now we are tossing in Downs Syndrome and Nazi lovers...make your argument sir... the name calling to quote you is "stupidity" ...since we live in America I can say this I will pray for you and also you should know, agree with you or not I would have tossed your butt in the helicopter when we found you out in those treacherous seas you braved.
John hacker December 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
It's very simple, I guess I have to spell it out for you. Marijauna should not be illegal. People shouldn't be dying for it. Calif voters demanded it be decriminalized. Yet the gov still carries on this phony war, and putting people in harms way. What is it that your not getting. That's not demeaning Terrell's life. It's just stating the facts. My beef is with the gov, not with this guy. I mean, how else can you describe yourself, but an idiot? You call him a hero, and I call him a victim. Jeez, why an I wasting my time with this moron?
John hacker December 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Your veiled threat has left me quaking in my sea boots. I piss on fools like you, not innocent victims.
Roger Schenck December 06, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Even if the entire United States legalized it, the actions of this panga would still be illegal. Simply answer the question... for once...Was the boat they went out to stop acting in a legal manner? You simply need to state yes or no. Obviously you will not because you know that for you to answer truthfully will undermine your entire tirade.
John hacker December 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
You still don't get it, it's difficult talking to people who's iq matches their height in inches. Anyhow rog old pal. I have a job to do and I have to leave you now. Apparently you have nothing else to do. That's a shame. But do go on supporting the gov squandering of lives and tax dollars chasing things that represent no threat at all. I'm trying to keep a senseless tregedy like this from happening again while all of you are dreaming of heros. Fools, all of you
Roger Schenck December 06, 2012 at 08:59 PM
John, The answer is no, they were not acting in a legal manner. No matter what you "think" the laws should be, until they are actually changed the law enforcement heros will enforce them. Good Day Sir, enjoy the protection you have thanks to the guys and gals who put their life on the line even for you.
John hacker December 08, 2012 at 08:34 PM
SEATTLE — The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle's Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law. PROTECTING OUR SHORES, FROM THIS. What a shame

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