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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Oct 2, 2009

Cmdr. Michael Dickson holds his father’s ashes and a folded American flag aboard USS Bonhomme Richard during a burial at sea Oct. 2. His father, Walter R. Dickson, died in June. Dickson, hailing from Spokane, Wash., is the amphibious assault ship’s operations officer. He said he has seen in his career only one other service member lay a family member to rest at sea. His father served as a boatswain’s mate in the Navy from 1956 to 1962. He was 70. The ship’s company laid to rest the ashes of 17 others. They were retired or honorably discharged service members – including two Marines – and one extended family member.

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