Dedication ceremony honors fallen U.S. Coast Guard personnel

A dedication ceremony honoring U.S. Coast Guard personnel who perished during a search and rescue mission in Prince William Sound Aug. 7, 1981, took place in Cordova on Wednesday, June 27, at the Veterans’ Memorial.

Kari O’Rear gave the opening address at the memorial dedication ceremony. Her father, Bob Bernard, had wanted a memorial for the lost helicopter crew for a long time, but was unable to attend the ceremony due to health reasons.

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Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson is a staff writer and photographer for The Cordova Times. She has been writing in one form or another for 30-plus years and has had a longstanding relationship with The Cordova Times starting in 1989. She's been an Alaskan since 1976 and first moved to Cordova in 1978. She's lived in various West Texas towns; in Denver, Colorado; in McGrath, Cordova, Galena, Kodiak, Wasilla, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska and in Bangalore, India. She has two children and three grandchildren. She can be reached at or follow her on Instagram @alaskatoindia.