03 November 2009


The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has re-activated its emergency Family Disaster Relief Fund in response to last Thursday’s C-130 crash off the California coast. The Coast Guard Foundation is asking for financial support to assist the families of the lost crew of CG-1705. The Family Disaster Relief Fund was established in September 2008 in the wake of the helicopter crash in Hawaii that resulted in the loss of 4 Coast Guard members.

The Coast Guard has identified the missing personnel as Lt. Cmdr. Che J. Barnes of Capay, California, aircraft commander, age 35; Petty Officer 2nd Class Monica L. Beacham of Decaturville, Tennessee, radio operator, age 29; Lt. Adam W. Bryant of Crewe, Virginia, co-pilot, age 28; Petty Officer 2nd Class Carl P. Grigonis of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, navigator, age 35; Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny R. Kreder II of Elm Mott, Texas, drop master, age 22; Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason S. Moletzsky of Norristown, Pennsylvania, air crew, age 26; and Chief Petty Officer John F. Seidman of Stockton, California, flight engineer, age 43.

[Maj. Samuel Leigh, 35, of Belgrade, Maine, and 1st Lt. Thomas Claiborne, 26, of Parker, Colorado, were the pilots of the USMC Cobra gunship involved in the accident. They also died. — GPJ]

Those wishing to support the Family Disaster Relief Fund, the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund or the CG-1705 Memorial Service Fund may visit the Coast Guard Foundation’s Website HERE, call the Foundation at 860-535-0786 or fax a note to 860-535-0944 with donation information and a reference to the CG-1705 Disaster Relief. For more information on the Coast Guard Foundation and its many worthwhile scholarship and support initiatives, please visit the Coast Guard Foundation Website HERE.

My condolences and best wishes to the families of all those who lost their lives.

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