Tribute to CG-6535

CG-6535 tribute

On behalf of the Coast Guard family, we at Coast Guard Compass want to thank all of you for the outpouring of support and prayers following the tragic loss of four Coast Guardsmen when Coast Guard helicopter CG-6535 crashed in Mobile Bay on Tuesday evening.

Last night, the Coast Guard called off the active search for survivors and has shifted to recovery operations.

The social media team has created a graphic to memorialize the crew: Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight.

We invite you to click on and download the image above and join us in making this image your social media profile photo in solidarity with the service and in tribute to the crew of CG-6535.




90 Responses

  1. Ronnie Heit says:

    May our lord be at the side of their Families at this time. This is one of those times that the unofficial motto of the Coast Guard rears it,s sad head. No matter if  its a training flight or a Rescue mission it will always strike at the heart of past and current Coasties when we loose fellow Coasties to the Sandbar.

  2. Noel Jackson says:

    You have my wife and my deepest sympathy for your loss.  They gave all to protect us all so unselfishly.  I hope and pray that the community will continue to rally around these families and give them the support they will need in the days and months ahead.  God speed to those great servicemen ……………….

    Noel and Dianna Jackson

  3. Robbie says:

    Praying for the families of these American heroes.  What a true tragedy.  Living along the Gulf Coast my entire life, I’ve respected what these brave men/women do, for as far back as I can remember.  I know that they don’t get the press that other branches get, due to all of the overseas stuff, but they are true selfless heroes, no doubt!  God bless each of their families!  

  4. Kharper329 says:

    My continued prayers go out for the families of the crewmen last in the crash Tuesday the 28th as well as each and everyone of the Coasties and first responders that have searched endlessly to bring their brothers home

  5. JC says:


  6. Salminye Sen says:

    Praying for yall in this tragic time…

  7. Wxnut2k9 says:

    Using it right now! Condolences to all of the families!

  8. skip says:

    RIP-CG6535…….sincerest condolences to the enitre CG family

  9. Kurt Emmert says:

    May God take care of the families, and watch over those who were lost.

  10. Mc200747 says:

    RIP -CG-6535

  11. Laura Pilecek Anderson says:

    This is a beautiful tribute and I’ve changed my FB profile pic.  My condolences on your loss.
    Hugs from a Coast Guard sister

  12. Fredtor says:

    My heart feels the loss of my fellow brothers, I extend a very sorrowful salute in their honor. My prayers are dedicated to the families of these brave aviators that know the risk in saving others, but carry on because it is an innate part of who they really are, only brave men and women actually have a desire to fly. May the Lord sooth their loss in due time and reveal the understanding about the life beyond this one.

  13. Jpkaras says:

    I have the greatest respect for members of the military. It truly pains me that incidents of this nature occur.  I can only hope that the family members can work through this loss.  I can only offer my support in order to make this difficult time more bearable.  I pray for the families & coasties who are feeling pain due to the loss.   Be safe, strong & careful. I write this from my heart and I know these words echo the feelings of many. 

  14. Rick says:

    god bless…SP

  15. Tmckeown80 says:

    Gone but never forgotten. Fair winds and following seas brothers!
    From 10 year MSST FP veteran.

  16. Riley Watts says:

    As a crew chief myself in the Army, it hits home a little bit harder than others. Rest in peace guys, with having one of the best jobs in the world comes risk. My prayers are with the family and friends.

    “We toast our hearty comrades who have fallen from the sky, and were gently caught by god’s own hand to be with him on high to dwell among the soaring clouds they’ve known so well before. From victory roll to tail chase, at heaven’s very door. As we fly among them there, were sure to head there plea. To take care my friend, watch your six, and do one more roll for me”

  17. Nichole R says:

    Being a Coast Guard wife, this hits close to our hearts. My family’s thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family, friends and units effected. <3

  18. Gary Sisco says:

    Coast Guard veteran, here.  My salute.

  19. Weezym says:

    My thoughts are with the family of the crew. Semper Paratus.

  20. Gabriele Giles says:

    Sending prayers to the families!! May God be at their side! R.I.P. Guys!

  21. Charlie13 says:

    An old VietNam Vet who says, God bless you men. You have left this earth to join a band of brothers who, unfortunately, just gets larger each day. Your memory will live on.

  22. Paul Narvaez and Family says:

    God bless you and your families. Thank you for all who serve and protect us.

  23. Broberts says:

    Rest in Peace Brothers. USCG retired USCGC Acushnet Gulfport Ms 1979-1980

  24. WB 'Thomas' Pattonson says:

    Rest in peace.

  25. Bill Ettinger says:

     Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron played on the Coast Guard Academy soccer team with our son Brett. Prayers for the familities of the crew. Semper Paratus!

  26. Stephen Lliebes says:

    I was a designated Landing Signal Officer on the USCGC Burton Island WAGB 283 some 40 years ago. I marveled at the skiils that the crews have in thier great skills, Training excersis which I need believe are as difficult as search and rescue inasmuch as they test themselves with new skills in order to better themselves. I am indeed saddened when we lose any of our men and women still and yet.  My heart goes out to thier families and the crew(s) left behind.  May God Bless each of them.

  27. Jason Naidyhorski says:

    Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and our security.  Tailwinds and blues skies from a fellow Naval Aviator! 

  28. Karen says:

    May they rest in peace and their families and friends find the courage to endure something so tragic and find strength to recovery from their loss. If that is possible. My heart and prays go out to their familes….the wife’s and children who now without a husband and a father….to their parents and siblings…..all all of their Coast Guard family! SALUTE!

  29. Michaeldvasquez says:

    May the angels guide the way for you were like angels on earth. Emerging from the skies to rescue those who were lost and in great peril.

  30. Viola Barnes says:

    Psalm 30:5  “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”   It is my prayer that my DHS family members perished while doing what they “loved to do”.  It is my hope for peace and comfort for the families they have left behind, to include all of us, who are “DHS” family.  My sincerest condolences to the Taylor, Cameron, Jorge and Knight families.  May God bless you all during this time.  May He help all of us.

  31. Navychief2015 says:

    I met Cheif Jorge a few months ago. We talked about being a Chief in the Navy and he was talkin about being a Chief in the Coast Guard. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and with the families of the other 3 Coast Guard personnel. Even though you are not Navy we are still one. Rest in Peace shipmates.

  32. Jessica says:

    Many prayers for the families…

  33. Cbbaldridge says:

    having family and freind in the mililtary my heart and pray go to the family and freind ,co-worker of all of them

  34. Maxhe1945 says:

    My prayers go out to the family of these brave men who give so much to guard our country every day and save lives on our waters. Both my sons were in the C.G. Air Station Clearwater FL. and I know how much they do for our coastal waters.

  35. Patti Fletcher says:

    To my Coast Guard Brothers, rest well in the arms of the Lord you have performed your mission well. 

    Our prayers are with the families and friends.

    Semper Paratus

  36. R.I.P says:

    RIP Thomas Cameron a man I knew he was a friend and brother to me. And RIP to Dale Taylor, Fernando Jorge, Andrew Knight. My heart goes out to each and one of you and your family’s!

  37. Hot84pontiac says:

    lots of nice comments enjoyed reading them all…my thought  there’s no goodbye… only love

  38. Mc_moore77 says:

    God bless the families of these brave men.  As a former CG flight mech on H-3’s, all CG aviation accidents really hit home.

  39. Anonymous says:

    As a Coast Guard wife and mom, my heart goes out the the families of the crew of  CG-6535, as well as to the entire Coast Guard family. Keeping them all in my thoughts and prayers.

  40. NavyCBDoc says:

    Rest Easy Shipmates!!!  Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

  41. Brujaguayama says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the U.S. Coast Guard, families, and friends and  shipmates of CG-6535.

  42. H20ski says:

    Thank you for your service. You all are in my thoughts and prayers and will be missed immeasurably!

  43. Dale Cotch says:

    Rest in Peace Shipmates. My condolences to the family and friends of the CG-6535 crew and all CG members who are hurting from this tragic loss.

  44. Jamie_mccorkle says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with these men and their families. Our hearts are heavy tonight.

  45. Takila McCown says:

    I feel honored to have been able to pay respect to the pilot and co-pilot after they were recovered. I sent up a prayer for their families and for those close to them.  I pray that we can return our last fallen shipmate to his family soon. I thank God everyday that I get to serve in such an amazing organization.  It amazes me how quickly Coasties pull together.  Blood or not, we ARE family.  God Speed!

  46. Christophersiney says:

    This is a great tribute. Thank you. May God bless our fallen shipmates. Me He help their families find strength and courage in days ahead. May He guide those who search for the last of the fallen, so our shipmate may be found and brought home covered in the warm of our Flag – home to his family, home to rest. We are a small Service, a tight family. We all grieve. We all hope. We all stand together. We all hold and help each other.

  47. Malindablue says:

    I was a 20 year CG brat lugged around the country (but mostly at ATC) and I am proud of it, and am very proud of my Sister and brother in law who are also retiring this
    Year from CG. I am honored to have this logo onMy Facebook for these fallen men. My dad was a flight Mech and this could have easily been him.

  48. Virtual Coast Guard says:

    Everyone at the Flight Simulator X Virtual Coast Guard, would like to give our condolences to the families of CG 6535. Although this is a difficult time, everyone in the Armed Forces community is standing by to lend a helping hand.  

    Virtual Coast Guard
    “Where Every Mission Counts”

  49. Darrene Torpey says:

    Rest in peace brothers. Thought and prayers to your family and friends at this time. My thoughts also to your colleagues who must deal with this as they carry out their duties. May god keep them safe. From all in the Irish Coast Guard SAR Helicopter Service.

  50. Paiget2 says:

    So often I have taken comfort in hearing the training or real mission flights of the Coast Guard out over the Bay. My deepest gratitude and sympathy to these four families for their service and sacrifice.

  51. L Reading says:

    They fly on heaven’s wings. As a long time Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliarist this incident hits hard with us as well as we all are members of the same brotherhood; regardless of which nation we may live within. My District and Region has many great ties with the USCG including Air Station Detroit. When the news came out, it makes us wonder, is this someone we may have known personally regardless of which station was involved. We are at one with you. May the skies of your flight always be CAVU.

  52. Rthomassr says:

    Prayers for the families of the crew and for their shipmates.  I lost six of my shipmates in 1967 when a “goat” went down in the northern gulf.  Semper Paratus!  Bob

  53. Neil Roark says:

    Rest in peace crew of CG-6535, thank you for all of your dedication to your duties in protecting and serving others by always being ready to lay it on the line so others may live. Report to your new duty station and be welcomed to your new home by your brothers and sisters in service. Semper Fi to all who are Semper Paratus. 

  54. Bill Pahlman says:

    We are saddened by the loss of Dale Taylor, a very special member of our church, and for the other three Coast Guardmen and for their service to our country

  55. Carl Okerstrom says:

    My father is 22.5 years retired U.S. Coast Guard Veteran aviator.  I proud persons service in U.S.C.G..

  56. Kim O'Neal says:

    Our prayers are with the families and friends of these heroic men. May God guide your every step and give you His peace.
    Mike and Kim O’Neal

  57. Duane Houdyshell says:

    Dale Taylor was one of the most up beat people and with out a doubt if I was ever asked who I would want to fly with on a dark and stormy night he would be at the top of my list. He was a book of aviation knowledge and even more so an outstanding pilot and person. I had the honor of flying and working with him personally as my AEO and he will be greatly missed. Jorge Fernando was a great rescue swimmer and a person who always shined a positive light with his company. Good rescue swimmers tend to bond with flight mechanics in a particular way that is hard to describe. To put into words Jorge Fernando was like a brother. Andrew Knight was a positive, upbeat young man who took pride in everything he did and strived to be the best flight mechanic possible. Coast Guard Aviation has taken a hit losing this outstanding individual.  I did not know Mr. Cameron personally but knowing that he was a Coast Guard pilot automatically makes him family. Please pray for the families of the lost heroes as they are the ones who have given the greatest sacrifice. Crew from the 6535 you will be missed.

  58. Rthomassr says:

     I was at CGAS St. Pete 1964-67.

  59. Roxanne Sammons says:

    My prayers are going out to the families of the men that lost their lives. May God grant you peace and help you to be strong. love and prayers to you all

  60. JOSHUA FLORES says:


  61. Nichole Dutrieux says:

    The Coast Guard Hymn Eternal Father, Lord of HostsWatch o’er the ones who guard our coastsProtect them from the raging seasAnd give them light and life and peace.Grant them from thy great throne aboveThe shield and shelter of thy love.Lord, guard and guide the ones who flyThrough the great spaces in the skyBe with them always in the air,… In darken storms or sunlight fair,Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,For those in peril in the air!Grant to them Your eternal peace, Oh Lord,For they have followed your commandment,That No Greater Love has he, who would give up his life for another.

  62. Edmund Hogan says:

     I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to the families of Lt.
    Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, Chief Petty Officer Fernando
    Jorge and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight. It is a tragic loss
    that resonates and pervades through out the entire USCG family. Edmund
    Hogan USCG Ret.

  63. Nancy - USCG mom says:

    Praying for you and your families. You are true heroes and Guardian Angels. Thank You for your service. You will never be forgotten! 

  64. Bruce Dreher says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and shipmates of these great Coasties. R.I.P. Guardians

  65. Bruce Dreher says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and shipmates of these great Coasties. R.I.P. Guardians

  66. Dgelakoska says:

    the Coast Guard and the city of Mobile, AL mourn the loss of the CG 6535 flight
    crew, I wanted to share with you my friendship with the Aircraft Commander,
    LCDR Dale Taylor.  I met Dale in 1999 when
    my wife and Dale were in Officer Candidate School together.    Dale was the most down to earth person I’d
    ever met and we instantly were friends.
    He told me he was from North Carolina and introduced me to his beautiful
    wife, Teresa.   He wanted to be a Coast Guard aviator, fly
    helicopters and save lives.  It was his
    life-long dream.  I shared with him that
    I had spent 30 years in Coast Guard Aviation and he wanted to know all about it.
       It was the start of a wonderful

    his outstanding performance in OCS, Dale was selected to go to NAS Pensacola
    for flight school. Dale made it through with flying colors and was so excited,
    as we all were, to get his wings of gold.
    Dale reported to ATC Mobile and was selected to fly in the HH65
    helicopters; he was a natural and loved to fly. 

    first tour in CG Aviation was in Savannah, GA where he started flying as often
    as he could, accumulating the hours and expertise to be designated as an
    aircraft commander.   Dale started flying
    search and rescue (SAR) missions and when he made his first rescue he called to
    share the great news that he had saved a life and he was so proud of what all
    his training had prepared him to do.   I
    had retired in 1996, so our frequent conversations allowed me to still feel
    like I was part of the action!

     Dale’s experience in aviation and expertise in
    the HH65 aircraft led him to ATC Mobile where he became an instructor
    pilot.  To be selected as a flight instructor
    you have to be an excellent pilot who enjoys teaching others.  Dale had thousands of flight hours, more than
    most pilots with his time in service.  When
    he was out flying he gave his heart and soul to what he was doing. He trained
    hundreds of pilots while in Mobile and he was considered one of the best.

    called me the day before his final flight and told me he had orders to transfer
    to CG Air Station Atlantic City, NJ this summer and was going to miss living in
    beautiful Mobile.

    Dale wasn’t flying he was a devoted husband and proud father of two beautiful
    boys.  He often told me how lucky he was
    being married to Teresa; that he must have done something right for God to have
    blessed him with such a wonderful wife and mother to his boys.

    someone is taken away from us so suddenly, a hole is left in the heart of
    everyone who they touched.  I know that I
    can feel the emptiness in my heart and I will certainly miss the phone calls
    and laughter we shared.   I am proud to have been Dale’s friend, and
    feel blessed to have known him.

    Coast Guard lost an excellent aircrew in the waters of Mobile Bay; they will
    all be sorely missed.  For all of the
    family and friends who have been left behind, know that heaven just became a
    better place with their arrival.

    Darell Gelakoska (ret) Seattle, WA,

  67. Shipmate says:

    Served with CPO Jorge almost 20 years ago aboard the CGC Chase.  Focused and dedicated to becoming an ASM.  RIP- Fair winds and following seas to all.

  68. rose villarreal says:

    Rose Villarreal

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those lost this day.  I pray for all our Coast Guard personell.  My best friend’s son serves in the Coast Guard – you are important to our nation as our military is too.  May God give each of you peace in your hearts in knowing that they are with Him. 

  69. William Charlier says:

    I’m a veteran of the Coast Guard having served as an HH-52A flight Mechanic at Cape May and Miami. I knew one of the pilots on the helo lost at Mobile back in 1981, and this was a stark reminder of that loss, and of the danger that each and every one of us accept every time we put on a flight suit. These four brave Americans knew it as well. I pray for comfort for their families, friends and for their shipmates, who even in the shadow of this tragedy will continue to perform the mission of the Coast Guard. Be at peace, crew of the CG-6535; your mission is complete. 

  70. Anonymous says:

    As the wife of a Coast Guard Pilot, my heart goes out to family and other friends of the CG-6535 crew, as well as the entire military community.

    With every accident, and every life lost, we are all reminded of the sacrifices we make and the risks we take each day. This tragedy weighs heavy my heart, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  71. Jjones says:

    I was a Coast Guard Air Crewman on the Sikorsky HH52-A helicopters some 40 years ago (68-72).  Served two deployments on USCGC Glacier WAGB 4.  We love you LSOs.  God Bless you then and now.
    We were stationed at and deployed from Mobile Air Station.  When I learned of the crash and the loss of our four Brothers, it hit home really hard.  One might repress his or her experiences in the military, but the feelings do not ever go away.  My heart is hurting and my prayers go out to the families.  

  72. SK says:

    Dominos on the Polar Star!  Good times Fernando, see you one day

  73. Branburke1 says:

    As a wife of a COASTIE, I can’t imagine what these families are going through.  My and the crew of the CGC Cypress prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  74. George says:

    Rest in Peace Gentlemen, Thank You from the bottom of my heart for your service!

  75. Carlos says:

    My Coast Guard Brothers Rest In Peace!  Semper Paratus!  Save me a spot in heaven, fellows.
    CWO4 Carlos Martinez, USCGRetired

  76. Cwoschmidt says:

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to my fellow Coast Guard teammates who lost their lives during this tragic mishap.  Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and God Bless You and comfort your families and friends during their grief.

  77. Ronda Fetzer says:

    My sincere condolences go out to the Taylor, Cameron, Jorge & Knight families. May God comfort you in your grief. Rest in Peace CG-6535 crew.  

  78. larryk81 says:

    So Long to a Good Pilot and Ansel and Ansel E Holy here, Wishes you All a Good Night…and Captin Bleethx

  79. Corrinda Cerbone says:

    Marines and Coastie have that bond. Thank you.

  80. Gator says:

    From an Old Tincan Sailor, you truly are part of the “Band
    of Brothers”  “Fair winds and following

    not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there… I do not sleep.
    I am the thousand winds that blow…
    I am the diamond glints on snow…
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain…
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you waken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of gentle birds in circling flight…
    I am the soft star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry—
    I am not there… I did not die…

  81. Cdekle says:

    Thank you for standing the watch

    USCG Auxiliary Charles Dekle

  82. Sparrow Six-Five! says:

    Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight, thank you all so much for your service and for paying the ultimate price for my freedoms and liberties! RIP Great American Warriors….I salute you all! Hugs & Prayers, Sparrow Six-Five!

  83. peggy says:


  84. James A. Beck says:

    My prayers to the victims and the families of all! You will never be forgotten.

  85. Tomas says:

    Rest in peace, shipmates. I’m LTJG in Lithuanian Navy. It was my honor to study and live for four years with shipmate Thomas at the USCGA.
    May God bless each of them

  86. fellow aviator says:

    Few outside of aviation understand the source of the bonds that form between aviators. Those bonds, are forged from the complete trust and confidence pilots and aircrew collectively have in one another as they willingly step forward to strap on an aircraft and go aloft on but a wing…a prayer…and each other’s abilities.

    At the preflight brief the congealment starts…a few offhanded jokes…small talk…and then to the crux of the matter…the mission…the risks.  In the back of every aviator’s mind there is always a slight tinge of fear borne out of the knowledge derived from countless lessons learned.  While no one dwells on the subject for long, within the subconscious resides a perpetual memory of the mishap messages, the tail numbers, and crewman lost.

    Still…they go forward, ever optimistic and ever faithful.  As they leave the clean well lighted confines of the hangar and approach the aircraft, all eyes look to the horizon. Most days or nights crews are elated to see panoramic vistas of blue skies, or starlit nights painted by god almighty himself…but frequently, they see no horizon at all, only an ominous grey, or a black abyss, precipitation, wind, and billowing seas that they must now endeavor.

    As the rotors turn and the aircraft comes to life, the crew is meticulous in their regimen, knowing they must all be ever vigilant to overcome their own human frailties, the finicky nature of the equipment, and ever present hazards that come with being aloft in a world where a ten foot, ten knot, ten degree differential could spell certain disaster. 

    On scene, especially under the most difficult circumstances, the pilots, flight mechs, or swimmers wonder if they have what it takes today as they perform their well rehearsed procedure, to what they hope will be perfection.

    At the conclusion of every flight the aircrews come together and debrief. Most often to share lessons learned and how to be better for the next flight.  Occasionally they discuss in amazement the difficulties overcome, but always there is a since of satisfaction and relief that everyone, at least for today, is home safe and ready to face the next mission.

    Today is the day like many more to come, that aircrews will practice their faith and strap in acknowledging the risks…yet knowing, should they be called to give their last full measure of devotion and give up their tomorrows…it is for a warranted and worthwhile cause…to save others…and to defend this nation!

    God bless CG6535.

  87. Terry Hess says:

    Like some of the fellow Marines who have commented, you have our utmost regard for the mission you perform with utmost professionalism and selflessness.  Words can hardly ever do justice to the sacrifices we make in service to our nation and our citizenry, especially when those sacrifices are made by those who perish.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and fellow Coast Guardsmen of CG-6535.  Semper Fidelis, Terry Hess, Retired Marine.

  88. Sue Ross says:

    I am not in the military, but have a child who was a Coastie, and is married to a Coastie (who is stationed at Mobile).  I have followed this tragic story since it first happened.  Have had PRAYER VIGILS going on at church for the four men and their families.  Was so thrilled that all were found, but was saddened at the loss of their lives.

    Did not know of this web site until today, and wanted to express my sorrow for the families who lost their brave loved ones in this horrific accident.  My heart feels your pain.  I have cried through all of the thoughtful comments posted here on this web site; I read each and every one of them. God bless all of you who were caring enough to post a comment.

    God Bless all of our brave men and women who serve our country; we cannot thank you enough; tragedy always hurts; but more so when it hits at home.

    Families of our FALLEN, stay strong for your children, they need you now more than ever;  TRUST IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.  He will take care of your loved ones for you.  Love and prayers to all of you.       Mom of a Coastie   JESUS IS LORD

  89. NateH says:

    they never say why these things crash..  What’s going on?  A brand new aircraft purchased with my tax dollars does not just crash.  The aircraft was obviously being abused.  Please share what happened with the true owners of that aircraft.  The taxpayers..  I know you folks have a difficult time with that term..  TAX PAYERS!! 

  90. Traci Kirsten Alexander says:

    I love and miss you Fernando.