USS Pinckney sailors remembered
Three sailors killed in a vehicle collision on March 12 were memorialized March 15 on board the guided-missile cruiser USS Pinckney.
Seamen Apprentice Kip Baker, 19, of Pittsboro, Indiana; Gas Turbine System Technician-Electrical 2nd Class Alfred Concepcion, 25, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.; and Fire Controlman 1st Class Michael Booker, 33, of Austin, Texas, served for less than a year on the Pinckney before their deaths.
Twenty-three other sailors continue to receive treatment of injuries after their bus collided with a truck in Beaufort, South Carolina. Two hundred Pinckney crewmembers were on their way to a wreath-laying ceremony at Beaufort National Cemetery in honor of the ship’s namesake who is buried there.
The ship was making a port visit before joining the Pacific Fleet. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned May 29 at Port Hueneme, California.
CONCEPCION, ALFRED JOSEPH D. (Age 25)
“He was survived by his parents: Porfirio and Vivian and by two brothers and a sister. Also survived by many family and friends, here and abroad. Family and friends may call at the BEALL FUNERAL HOME, 6512 NW Crain Highway, (Rt. 3 – South), Bowie, Maryland, on Saturday, March 20, 2004 from 1 to 4 p.m.”
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 12010 Woodmore Rd., Mitchellville, Maryland. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Reviewed by: Michael Howard