USS Chung-Hoon Sailors hold burial-at-sea ceremony

Chief Logistics Specialist Ieris and FCC Chief Fire Controlman Puett Willcox commit cremains to the sea during a burial at sea ceremony on USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) on June 12

Story and photo by Lt. j.g. Carly Adler

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) Public Affairs Officer

CHUNG-HOON AT SEA-The guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) conducted a burial at sea ceremony on June 12. Burials at sea are a time-honored tradition given to active duty service members, honorably discharged veterans, and their families.

During the solemn and formal ceremony held on Chung-Hoon’s flight deck, six former Sailors and an officer were committed to the Pacific Ocean. For one of Chung-Hoon’s own, Chief Fire Controlman Puett Willcox, the ceremony had profound meaning. During the rite, Willcox personally interned the remains of his grandfather, Lt.

Anthony Theodore Stroebel, to the sea. Willcox’s grandfather served in the Army-Air Force as a navigator on the “Super Sue,” a B-29 Superfortress during World War II.

“I was incredibly touched by the burial at sea ceremony for my grandfather. The ceremony was executed with a great deal of pride and professionalism. It was an honor to have his cre-mains committed to the deep by the world’s greatest Navy and the Chung-Hoon family. I really appreciated the fact that everyone in the ceremony volunteered during their Sunday morning to help me honor him,” said Willcox.

The ceremony was attended by Cmdr. Scott Erb, Chung-Hoon’s commanding officer, supportive crew members and a troop of marksmen, who rendered a 21-gun salute at the conclusion of the proceedings.

Chung-Hoon is currently on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility for CARAT Singapore, CARAT Philippines and Enhanced Engagement Vietnam.

For more information about “Hawaii’s destroyer,” visit www.chunghoon.navy.mil.

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