PACIFIC OCEAN - The crew of the USS Howard (DDG 83) conducted a burial at sea March 15.
This Naval tradition committing the remains of the nation’s honored veterans to the deep is an opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to the deceased and their families.
During the ceremony, 12 former service members and one service member’s spouse were laid to rest in the Pacific Ocean.
The service included prayers, readings from scripture, the playing of Taps, and a 21 gun salute.
“I am extremely proud of the crew’s reverence and inspired efforts to honor the families of the fallen,” said Cmdr. Ennis Parker, USS Howard’s commanding officer.
Each of the families of the veterans honored during the ceremony receive rifle casings from the gun salute, photographs from the ceremony, and a letter of condolences from the ship’s commanding officer.