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Burial At Sea Option
11/22/2014

Subject: The Burial at Sea Option

 

 Dick Koehler, Capt USN RET

The Burial at Sea Option    The Navy and Coast Guard have similar burial at sea programs except that the Navy accepts cremated remains (cremains) and casketed intact remains while the USCG only accepts cremains.  Individuals eligible for this program are: (1) active duty members of the uniformed services; (2) retirees and veterans who were honorably discharged. (3) U.S. civilian marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command; and (4) dependent family members of active duty personnel, retirees, and veterans of the uniformed services.  The subjects should request this form of burial in writing and advise the probable executor of the request and its location.  Program basics applicable to the Navy and USCG programs are described at the web sites cited below:

 

 Navy:

 http://www.navy.mil/navydata/navy_legacy_hr.asp?id=204 ;

 

USCG:

www.uscg.mil/vote/docs/casualty/Personnel%20Casualty%20Procedure%20-%20Burial%20at%20Sea%20Program%20Guide.p

 

The burial flag is obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs, see:

http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/bbene/bflags.asp

 

Burial at Sea is a means of final disposition of remains and cremated remains ("cremains") that is performed on United States Navy and Coast Guard vessels (or aircraft). The committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed. Therefore, family members are not allowed to be present. The commanding officer of the USN ship or USCG cutter assigned to perform the 



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