Military Funeral Honors
Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach provides Military Funeral Honors to recently passed retired or honorably discharged Coast Guard veterans. Our area of responsibility includes Southern California from Morro Bay to San Clemente including Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura counties.
The Coast Guard will make every attempt to provide a funeral service detail when requested within our area of responsibility. Please provide the location, date, and time of the funeral to the Honor Guard Coordinator at (310) 521-6125 as soon as possible. We usually need at least one full working day to arrange a funeral detail but will do our best to meet each request.
The following documents are required to request Military Funeral Honors:
1. Honor Guard Request Form
2. A copy of the DD Form 214, discharge certificate, or retirement order.
A copy of the member's DD214 can be requested from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
For security purposes, please fax the request form and any additional documentation to (310) 521-6149. We request you do not email the documents as this may compromise the security of the member’s personally identifiable information.
Burial At Sea
The Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach Decedent Affairs Officers can help arrange a burial at sea for cremated remains (ashes) of military personnel. Burials are performed based on availability of operational units and subject to abrupt scheduling changes. Family members or next of kin are not authorized to be on board during the ceremony. While not required, a salt urn is recommended for ease of burial.
The following documents are required to request a burial at sea:
1. Burial at Sea Request Form
2. A copy of the death certificate
3. A burial transit permit or the cremation certificate
4. A copy of the DD Form 214, discharge certificate, or retirement order
A copy of the member’s DD-214 can be requested from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.
The Burial at Sea Request Form and the three supporting documents make up the burial at sea request package and should be mailed to the Decedent Affair Officers at:
U.S. COAST GUARD BASE
ATTN: DECEDENT AFFAIRS OFFICER
1001 SOUTH SEA SIDE AVE, BLDG 32
SAN PEDRO CA 90731
Once the required documentation is received, the family will be provided with a representative aboard the Coast Guard asset. The remains should be forwarded from the family or mortuary directly to representative provided. Remains must be in an urn or plastic/metal container to prevent spillage in shipping. A salt urn is recommended, but not required. It is recommended that the remains be personally delivered to the Coast Guard. Should shipping be more convenient, send the remains via certified mail, return receipt requested.
Upon completion of the burial at sea, the next of kin will receive written confirmation from the unit performing the service including the date, time, and location of the service.
For more information, please contact the Decedent Affairs Officers at (310) 521-6140/ 6082/ 6083.