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Senior Chief Terrell Horne, USCG

This is a very sad post. The latest hero in the war against illegal drugs fell recently when murdered by Mexican drug smugglers off Southern California. Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, US Coast Guard, was in a small rigid inflatable boat (RIB) chasing a larger go-fast drug smuggling panga when the smugglers turned and rammed the Coast Guard boat head-on. The panga rode over the Coast Guard RIB, striking Senior Chief Horne in the head with its propeller, killing him, and throwing the crew into the water. The RIB was from the 87 foot cutter Halibut, and Senior Chief Horne was its second-in-command, and beloved by the entire crew. His widow was expecting their second child.  

Under the kinder and gentler policies of the current administration, the Mexican smugglers/murderers were subdued with pepper spray and apprehended when they ran out of fuel, rather than being shot on the spot. They will be tried in a US court with all of the rights of US citizens. They may spend a few years in prison, but will have cable TV, a weight room, free medical and dental care, spiritual advisers, and get a college degree before being released early on good behavior, and then will probably apply for US citizenship, job placement and/or welfare. Mrs. Horne will have to raise her two children alone, without their father to help cut out funny pumpkin faces, hold them on his lap, or watch them graduate from high school. 

The so-called “recreational” drug users who paid these drug smugglers/murderers will continue to enjoy their marijuana and not give a second thought to Senior Chief Horne and his family, who will have precious little recreation to console them. Shame on them. And shame on our society for allowing this unspeakable evil to exist.


  • Jennifer
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Very sad…This explains why many of us love animals more then we love people….

    Humans can be so greedy and dispassionate…

  • Unknown
    Posted June 10, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Thank you for including my beloved cousin, Terrell, in your blog. Terrell has always loved his family, his fellow human and his country. He was born compelled to do the right thing in every situation. Terrell was committed to keeping everyone safe…even the men, the fathers, who run drugs to help feed their families. He was truly a wonderful, giving, thoughtful human being. He is missed by many.

    Thank you once again.
    Cyndi Hurd


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