North Carolina town honors fallen Coast Guardsman


On May 4th, more than 100 people braved the wet and dismal weather of Emerald Island, N.C., to honor Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, a Coast Guard hero.

Horne tragically lost his life in the line of duty Dec. 2, 2012, when the small boat he was on was rammed by a larger drug smuggling boat. Horne’s last action saved the life of a fellow crewmember by pushing him to safety before the collision.

130502-G-ZZ999-504Horne, a devoted father and loving husband, was the former executive officer of Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle from 2009-2011. During his time in the Outer Banks, Horne and his family were involved in many community events and activities where he volunteered his time freely. While serving at the unit, Horne was involved with more than 60 rescues resulting in 38 lives saved. He also befriended and acted as a mentor to the local Coast Guard Auxiliary.

In recognition, the Emerald Isle community recently passed a resolution to rename the road leading to Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle as Terrell Horne III Way.

In the dedication speech, Chief Petty Officer Rob Lepere, the officer-in-charge of Station Emerald Isle, said that Horne should be remembered not in how he died, but how he lived.130502-G-ZZ999-506

The event was attended by Horne’s’ parents, wife and children, the mayor, public service personnel and active-duty Coast Guard and Auxiliary comrades.

After the new street sign was unveiled, copies of the sign were given to Horne’s children as a gift.

Story by U.S. Coast Guard Auxilary member Dennis Szeba

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