Memorial Planned For Coast Guard Commander From Snow Hill

U.S. Coast Guard officials say a memorial service is planned for Thursday to honor the crew of a helicopter that crashed in Mobile Bay a week ago.

The memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. at the Coast Guard Aviation Center in Mobile.

The MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crashed in the bay's shallow waters during a training mission Feb. 28.

Searchers last week recovered the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor of Snow Hill, N.C.; and Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron of Portland, Ore. Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge, had been found unresponsive and later pronounced dead shortly after the crash.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight, of the southwest Alabama town of Thomasville, remains missing.

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The U.S. Coast Guard tells WITN they have recovered the body of Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor along with another crewman.

Reports are saying Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor and Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron were found over 100 feet from where the aircraft crashed into the water Tuesday. U.S. Coast Guard officials say the two men were the pilot and co-pilot of the helicopter.

Thursday morning the Coast Guard began raising the crashed MH-65C helicopter from the floor of Mobile Bay. The helicopter went down Tuesday during a training flight.

There were a total of four men on board, one man was pulled from the water shortly after the crash. There is no word on the fourth crewman who is still missing. Reports say they will resume the search Friday morning. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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The Coast Guard has recovered the wreckage of its downed helicopter in Alabama, but none of the three missing crew members were found inside. One of those is a native of Greene County.

Lt. Commander Dale Taylor is from Snow Hill.

Thursday morning the Coast Guard began raising the crashed MH-65C helicopter from the floor of Mobile Bay. The helicopter went down Tuesday during a training flight.

A prayer service was held for the 35-year-old Taylor Wednesday night where 300 people turned out. The Taylor's have two children and have been members of the church for the past six years. Taylor is a deacon at that church.

Taylor graduated from Greene Central High School in 1994 and was commissioned as a Coast Guard officer in May 1999.

In 2004, he was awarded the Coast Guard Medal for saving an elderly man off Key West, Florida in 15 foot seas. The citation says Taylor gave up the co-pilot's seat of his helicopter, because there was no rescue swimmer on board. It says he jumped in the ocean and reached the 81-year-old as he was going under.

Family and friends met at his parent's home in Snow Hill Wednesday where they prayed. Friends tell us his parents then left for Mobile where they arrived this morning.

Captain Don Rose, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Mobile, said the three crew members who are still missing are the pilot, the co-pilot and the flight mechanic. The crew member who died in the Tuesday crash was a rescue swimmer.


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  • by Susan on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    RIP Dale, thoughts and prayers are with all those who knew Dale. May God bless you and hold you up during this horrible time of sorrow.
  • by emma Location: winterville, n.c. on Mar 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    we love all of this family and my prayers are with all of you
  • by AW Location: Eastern NC on Mar 3, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    Any details on a local service? RIP old friend...
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Mar 3, 2012 at 07:54 AM
    Our family thoughts and prayers are with the his family. This is terrible. I wish the best for everyone that is going through the worst. God will be with you.
  • by Adrienne Location: Pantego, NC on Mar 2, 2012 at 03:30 PM
    I'm so very sorry--thank you for your service, Lt. Cmdr. Taylor. Best wishes for your family. Can't imagine the sorrow you must be feeling.
  • by Coastal Location: Beaufort, NC on Mar 2, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    My prayers and condolences are being sent to this family. I am so very sorry.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Mar 2, 2012 at 08:17 AM
    May God comfort and bless this family.
  • by Jessica Location: Scottsville, VA on Mar 2, 2012 at 08:11 AM
    I didnt know Dale but I knew his mother and she is one of the kindest and most positive people I ever knew. She was a friend to me during a hard time. I feel like I knew Dale through his mothers stories and I know his family was very proud of what he did. Its no use trying to make sense of this, but time to honor Dale and love his family. God bless the Taylor family and the families of the others and see you through this storm.
  • by friend of family Location: snow hill comm. on Mar 2, 2012 at 08:06 AM
    Prayer to the entire family & friends. We're all here for support. He will be dearly missed. He may have left us in body but not in spirit.
  • by Brenda Location: Farmville on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:18 AM
    Prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Taylor. God Bless you all.
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