Committed to the Deep:
Carl Vinson honors the dead in burial at sea
"We are gathered today to honor the final wishes of former service members and their families by conducting military honors for committal at sea upon USS Carl Vinson."
Senior Chief Sara Page, Carl Vinson's navigation department leading chief petty officer, is no stranger to the ceremony. With more than 17 years in the Navy, Page has seen the dignity of interment at sea on four Navy ships and in distant waters.
One September morning, though, the words took on an entirely different meaning for Page. It would be the day she laid her father to rest.
Page's father, Julian John DeMiguel, Jr., served as a private first class in the Army during the Vietnam War. Page said his service is a part of the reason she chose a career in the Navy, and she wanted him to be honored as a United States Veteran.
"His service to the country has always inspired me," said Page. "After his passing, I knew I wanted him to receive military honors. When I heard Carl Vinson was conducting a burial at sea, I thought there would be no better way to honor my father."
After contacting Carl Vinson's command chaplain, the arrangements were made to inter Page's father at sea.
Preparations for the ceremony began almost immediately as Carl Vinson left San Diego. From the perfect alignment of the rifle squad to the sharpening of facing movements, the ceremony was practiced from beginning to end.
As the ceremony approached, the task of determining the best location and time for the ceremony fell to Page and her fellow quartermasters.