USS INGRAHAM, At Sea – The guided missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61) had the honor of conducting 23 burials at sea on Sunday morning, Jan. 26.
Former Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Guardsmen, and two spouses, even one married Navy couple, were committed to their graves “in the deep,” as read by the ship’s chaplain.
At the beginning of the ceremony the officer of the deck announced “All hands bury the dead,” the national ensign was lowered to half mast, and the ship slowed to bare steerageway.
More than two dozen Ingraham Sailors, including Commanding Officer Cmdr. Joey Frantzen, and Executive Officer CDR Dan Straub participated in the burial ceremony. Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Bowden, the chaplain for Destroyer Squadron Nine, presided over the ceremony.
The ceremonial rifle team, pallbearers and honor platoon spent two days rehearsing the service to ensure it went smoothly.
To accommodate the large number of burials, the ceremony was divided into three smaller services, one Catholic and two non-denominational.
Each service consisted of the chaplain reading a prayer, the scattering of the remains from the ship’s stern, a three volley gun salute and the playing of “Taps”.