Photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Evans
Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) conducted a traditional burial at sea ceremony during their transit back home to Everett, Aug. 19. The cremated remains of Navy retired Lt. Cmdr. Glen “Lefty” Hansen; Lt. Joseph Walter Duffy; Lt. James F. Tenny; Fireman Alfred Raul Wolfskill; Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Kenneth Merle Salmon; Chief Petty Officer Gerald L. Sullivan; Fireman Carl Dee Williams; Chief Engineman Shirl Blair Griffin; Aviation Storekeeper 2nd Class Glade M. Mills; and U.S. Air Force retired, Airman 2nd Class Terry Arther Reed; and U.S. Army retired, Pvt. Stephen A Weiss were committed to the sea during the ceremony.
“Burial at sea is one of the most honorable things that we do as Sailors,” said Lincoln Command Chaplain, Cmdr. John Swanson. “It allows us to pay tribute to those who have served our country honorably.”
With its colors flying at half-mast, the 97,000-ton aircraft carrier was brought to a halt and all topside work stopped as the burial at sea detail, consisting of 50 Sailors in dress white uniforms, assembled on one of the ship’s massive aircraft elevators.