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Photos: The USS Theodore Roosevelt holds a burial at sea

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Aug 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-25 16:50:40-04

Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt – Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt laid Seaman 1st Class Samuel Sherwood Boorse Jr. to rest during a burial at sea ceremony on Friday.

Boorse’s grandson, Lt. Ryan Broderick, participated in the ceremony, according to The Big Stick Blog.

“I was glad to be a part of the ceremony,” said Lt. Ryan Broderick, grandson of Boorse. “It really became a reflective moment and it was good to watch him go into the sea. It’s going to be a great memory for the family.”

Boorse’s decorations include the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

A burial at sea ceremony is available to active duty members of the armed services, retirees and veterans who were honorably discharged. It is also available to U.S. civilian marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command, and dependents of active duty service members.