SEATTLE, Wash. - The Coast Guard conducted a memorial service, Sunday, for Petty Officer 3rd class Ronald A. Gill Jr. in Puget Sound just north of Vashon Island, Wash.
Gill suffered fatal injuries after being ejected from a Coast Guard 25-foot response boat during a patrol on Mar. 25, 2007.
Two of Gill’s friends and Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor, 13th Coast Guard District Commander, attended the ceremony, which was conducted on the deck of a 45-foot response boat medium. The ceremony included a speech, read in Gill’s honor, by one of the vessel’s crewmembers and a wreath laying at the approximate location that the accident occurred.
Gill’s passing had a significant affect on the Coast Guard community. As a result many new safety measures were instituted and long-standing techniques were consolidated or improved upon to ensure a safer environment for Coast Guard crewmembers.
SEATTLE — Josh Burlingame, a friend of Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald A. Gill Jr., lays a wreath as part of a ceremony in Gill's honor that was held off the northern coast of Vashon Island, Wash., on Mar. 25, 2012. The ceremony was conducted at the approximate location that Gill was fatally injured five-years-ago. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw.
SEATTLE — Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald A. Gill Jr. memorial attendees prior to laying a wreath in Gill's honor off the northern coast of Vashon Island, Wash., Mar. 25, 2012. Gill suffered fatal injuiries as a result of a boating accident that occured in 2007. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw.