Loss of BMCS Terrell Horne III

BMCS Horne memorial graphic

We invite you to download the image above and join us in making it your social media profile photo in solidarity with the service and in tribute to Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne

The below message is from Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp’s All Hands e-mail sent out on Dec. 2, 2012:

To the men and women of the United States Coast Guard:

It is with deep regret and sadness that I report the loss of Chief Boatswain’s Mate Terrell Horne, the Executive Petty Officer of CGC HALIBUT, who died early this morning from injuries sustained while conducting maritime law enforcement operations off the California coast.

Adm. Bob Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Adm. Bob Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

CGC HALIBUT was investigating a panga-type vessel suspected of illicit activities after it was detected by a Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft. When the CGC HALIBUT small boat approached, the suspect panga-type vessel maneuvered at a high rate of speed directly towards the small boat and struck it before fleeing the scene. Two Coast Guardsmen were thrown from the boat into the water, and both members were immediately recovered by the small boat. Upon recovery it was apparent that BMC Horne sustained a traumatic head injury. The other crew member had minor injuries. The CGC HALIBUT crew quickly recovered the small boat and boarding team and immediately administered first aid. CGC HALIBUT returned to port where emergency medical service units pronounced BMC Horne deceased.

Coast Guard assets later successfully interdicted the fleeing panga-type vessel, boarded it, and detained two suspects. I commend the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection units who continued the pursuit and apprehended those believed to be responsible. We are actively investigating the incident.

BMC Horne stood the watch on the front lines of Coast Guard operations throughout his nearly 14 years of active duty. He previously served at Coast Guard Stations Emerald Isle, Humboldt Bay and Charleston, and also sailed aboard the CGC DALLAS. Throughout his Coast Guard service, BMC Horne’s professionalism and commitment, like those before him, ensured that we were always ready to answer the nation’s call.

The entire service is energized to support the family and shipmates of BMC Horne. Please keep his family and the crew of CGC HALIBUT in your thoughts and prayers.

Semper Paratus.

ADM Bob Papp, Commandant

On December 2, 2012, Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne was posthumously advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer.



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13 Responses

  1. Richard Hunter says:

    I am so saddened to hear of this young mans loss. To his family, friends and shipmates may your sorrow be tempered by knowing he was doing what he loved for his service and country.
    Former C.G. crewman of the Escanaba W-64 and Sherman W-720.

  2. Anonymous says:

    As the Lord who wept over the passing of his friend only to rejoice at a later time to be reunited with his friend grant to his servant Terrell peace and to his family comfort at this time of their weeping. May the Holy Angels comfort them and May the Holy Spirit hold them in the Eternal Embrace of Love and keep them until the Great Reunion. May all who serve and sail upon the sea be blessed for your love’s sake Amen

  3. Chuck Hackney says:

    It is never easy to lose a shipmate. Prayer for family, friends and crew.

    Chuck Hackney
    CGC Campbell WHEC32

  4. Jennifer Stannard says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Chief and his family, crew and service. Always protecting our shores, the USCG deserves our thanks and continued appreciation.

  5. Natalie Fajardo says:

    The WPB crews are extremely tight knit because of how small they are. I know this has got to be extremely hard on the crew to lose their EPO and in such a sad way. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families and the crew and may God bless the U.S. Coast Guard.

  6. BM1 Thomas Franks says:

    Chief Horne you set a fine example of our core values. I pray for your family that you will be reunited with them in heaven. We will never forget you. RIP

  7. Clark Family says:

    Sending condolences to his family, friends and shipmates. My heart goes out to all those who will miss his presence in their lives as they more this tragic loss. May God watch over all of you in the days ahead and bring you peace. I cannot imagine the pain. Bless you all for your service.

  8. drew says:

    Fair Winds and Following Seas…

  9. Anonymous says:

    The public doesn’t realize how dangerous it really is out there, guarding our shores. Fair winds and following seas, Chief. May your family be comforted in knowing you chose this profession and served honorably. God Speed.

  10. Chad Hoover says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his shipmates and family. Farewell and following seas.

    Former Crewman on Mellon WHEC 717, and Station Channel Island Harbor

  11. Gregory Guthrie says:

    Being an old Coastie raised up near Emerald Isle, God Bless his family and may he
    rest in peace. Semper Paratus

  12. Diana White says:

    Because my son-in-law is a Coastie, I have some understanding of the patriotism and heroism indicative of those who serve in the Coast Guard branch of our nation’s military. Petty Officer Horne’s last actions were courageous and selfless. May God bless and comfort his family and his shipmates.
    Keeping our nation and its citizens free and safe is a neverending task; thank you to all former and current servicemen and women for you sacrifice.

  13. Stolen Lives Quilt says:

    We will memorialize Sr. Petty Officer Terrell Horne, III, on The Stolen Lives Quilt, an initiative of