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Fallen Heroes Details



In Memory Of
Jeffrey Crane
U.S. Coast Guard, CA
End of watch: 1997-06-08
Aircraft: HH-65A Dolphin
Responding to a sailing vessel taking on water at night the crew of CG-6549 perished in poor weather conditions and high seas. It is believed that the aircraft impacted the water while attempting to make an approach to the vessel. The aircraft was crewed by LT Jeffrey F. Crane (CG Aviator #3188), LTJG Charles W. Thigpen IV (CG Aviator #3310), AD3 Richard L. Hughes, and ASM3 James G. Caines. All were lost.

Thoughts and Memories of Jeffrey Crane

Jeff is one those people in the coast guard who I have had the privilege and honor of working with who will always remain in my thoughts and prayers. Jeff was one who set the example for others to follow.

Jeff and I were stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles and he and I worked together, flew, and rescued others. Jeff and I also participated in AVDET's to Central and South America. Jeff was always the professional and an example of what The Coast Guard stands for. Jeff was on my check ride when I earned my Air Crew wings and someone who I always respected.

Jeff, you are not forgotten and your heroism will go down in history. Thank you for being my friend and mentor.
LCDR Reuben M. Gonzales, USCGR (Ret)
2007-06-24

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