Shane Williams is an aviation technician stationed at Air Station Sacramento who is organizing a bike ride on the Pacific Coast Highway from October 15 - 19, 400+ miles in five days, to raise money in support of the memorial to CG-6535, a Coast Guard helicopter crew that was lost earlier this year in Mobile, Alabama. The loss of CG-6535 resonated sharply with Shane, because of the tragedy of CG-1705, a Sacramento-based Coast Guard plane that was lost in 2009. So far, Shane will be joined on his ride by fellow Coast Guardsmen: AET2 Dan Adams, Lt. Kevan Hanson, and OS2 Geoff Potter, though he expects more riders to join.
"Being that so many people helped us out when the 1705 had its accident, we'd be honored to help out in any way," Shane says of why he got involved.
Help Shane make this ride for his fallen conmrades a success by donating now. Plans for the project include preparing the grounds, installing a pathway, building benches and erecting the memorial at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile.
Following the crash, volunteers from Aviation Training Center Mobile approached the Foundation with the goal of building a permanent memorial to the crew of CG-6535 and the crew of CG-1427, an additional Mobile-based crew that was lost in 1981.
Shane Williams is picture here on the right.