The official badge of an inspector of the Steamboat Inspection ServiceU.S. Coast Guard Roll of Honor:

Marine Inspectors and Other Marine Safety Personnel
Who Gave Their Lives in the Line of Duty


Date of incident:
17 July 1940

Names of personnel killed in the incident:
Herbert E. Boyce, Local Inspector of Hulls

Station the personnel were assigned to:
Portland District
Bureau of Marine Inspection & Navigation

Location of the incident:
Portland, Oregon

Description of the incident:
Inspector Hebert E. Boyce was reported to have drowned while in the line of duty on 17 July 1940.


Date of incident:
11 January 1992

Names of personnel killed in the incident:
LT Carl Johnson

Station the personnel were assigned to:
MSD Concord

Location of the incident:
Near San Pablo Bay, California

Description of the incident:
On 11 January 1992 a Bell 207 Jet Ranger helicopter with a total of five people aboard, including Lieutenant Carl Johnson, crashed and sank near San Pablo Bay while on a low-altitude survey of oil residue from a three-day-old spill.  They went up in the contract helicopter owned by Air There of Gnoss Field in Marin County to investigate reports of a residual oil sheen in Carquinez Strait, a narrow body of water that separates San Pablo Bay from Suisun Bay, 20 miles from San Francisco.  The helicopter crashed after hitting a power line while passing over the Carquinez Bridge, killing all aboard.



Date of incident:
3 March 1993

Names of personnel killed in the incident:
LCDR William B. Turek

Station the personnel were assigned to:
MSO Hampton Roads

Description of the incident:
Lieutenant Commander William B. Turek, a marine inspector assigned to MSO Hampton Roads, gave his life in the line of duty on 3 March 1993 while inspecting the M/V Cape Diamond.  During a test of the ship's carbon dioxide extinguishing system a release of a significant amount of CO2 imperiled the crew stationed in the engine room.  Lieutenant Commander Turek gave his life in attempting to warn those men of the CO2 release.  The Coast Guard posthumously awarded Lieutenant Commander Turek the Coast Guard Medal.


Date of incident:
13 July 1994

Names of personnel killed in the incident:
BMCS James A. Pavini
MSTC Charles R. Blome, Jr.

Station the personnel were assigned to:
MSU Galveston

Location of the incident:
Gulf of Mexico

Description of the incident:
On 13 July 1994 Senior Chief James A. Pavini and Chief Charles R. Blome, Jr., Marine Inspectors from MSU Galveston, were two of four passengers aboard a contract helicopter on their way to inspect a merchant vessel underway at sea off Galveston, Texas.  The helicopter, an Aerospatiale AS-350B1, leased by Sea-Link Helicopters, crashed into the Gulf, killing all four passengers.  The pilot was the only survivor.


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