Committed to the Sea

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 22, 2014) – Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) laid Seaman 1st Class Samuel Sherwood Boorse Jr. to rest during a burial at sea ceremony, Aug. 22.

     Boorse, born Dec. 8, 1925, began his service in the U.S. Navy July 12, 1943 and was honorably discharged January 27, 1947. He died June 15, 2013.

     “I was glad to be a part of the ceremony,” said Lt. Ryan Broderick, grandson of Boorse. “It really became a reflective moment and it was good to watch him go into the sea. It’s going to be a great memory for the family.”

  140822-N-ZF498-030   Boorse’s decorations include the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

     Capt. Jeff Craig, TR’s executive officer, and Cmdr. Kim Donahue, Command Religious Ministries Department head, spoke at the ceremony.

     “The burial at sea ceremony represents a sacred tradition long observed by seafarers and the U.S. Navy,” said Craig. “We honor the legacy of service, commitment and honor that this sailor provided for his country.”

     Chaplain Donahue, participating in her first burial at sea aboard TR, gave the closing prayer.

     “This was the perfect way to include the elements of service and sacrifice,” said Donahue. “The symbolic groups that participated in the ceremony represented his shipmates, who were about the same age. It was also great to have a living relative to participate in the ceremony. Lt. Broderick was very pleased to grant his grandfather’s final wishes.”

     A burial at sea ceremony is available to active duty members of the armed services, retirees and veterans who were honorably discharged. It is also available to U.S. civilian marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command, and dependents of active duty service members.  

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