33rd Anniversary of the Loss of the Blackthorn with 23 Dead.

Today is the anniversary of the loss of the 180 foot buoy tender Blackthorn which resulted in the death of 23 Coast Guardsmen.

The story is here. There is information about the memorial to the loss here. And there is recognition of the heroism of one of the most junior members of the crew here.

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  1. The Coast Guard is again marking the anniversary. Press release below:

    U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    PA Detachment Tampa Bay online newsroom
    Media Availability: Coast Guard to hold 40th anniversary memorial of Cutter Blackthorn collision

    WHO: Coast Guard members of local units and dignitaries
    WHAT: The 40th anniversary memorial service for the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collision
    WHEN: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11 a.m.
    WHERE: Blackthorn Memorial Site FL-55 St. Petersburg, Florida 33752

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is holding a memorial service Tuesday for the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collision at the Blackthorn Memorial site in St. Petersburg, Florida.
    Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the Blackthorn colliding with the tanker vessel Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Jan. 28, 1980, resulting in the deaths of 23 of the 50 Blackthorn crewmembers.

    Notable dignitaries include:
    Secretary Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
    Adm. Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard
    Rear Adm. Brendan McPherson, Military Advisor to the Secretary
    Rear Adm. Eric Jones, Commanding Officer of the Seventh Coast Guard District
    Master Chief Jason Vanderhaden, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

    The ceremony includes a wreath laying by Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, an honor platoon representing each lost soul, acknowledgement of each Blackthorn victim, gun salute, laying of roses, and presiding official comments.

    Media interested in attending the ceremony are requested to RSVP no later than 3:00 p.m., Monday, January 27 by contacting Coast Guard Public Affairs Tampa Bay at 305-965-4672.
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