Lieutenant Craig Eric Lerner

Lieutenant Craig Eric Lerner

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, August 24, 1990

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Craig Eric Lerner

Lieutenant Craig Lerner, Petty Officer Matthew Baker, Lieutenant Duane Stenbak, and Lieutenant Paul Perlt were killed in an airplane accident while conducting a drug surveillance operation in the Caribbean.

The Grumman E2C Hawkeye experienced a wing fire and crashed as the pilot attempted to land at U.S. Naval Air Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

Lieutenant Lerner had served with the United States Coast Guard for seven years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Puerto Rico

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I knew Craig in the Navy Hawkeye community before he transferred to the USCG. I flew multiple missions with him in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, supporting USCG Drug Interdiction operations in the E2C. He was a superb officer, aviator and professional. I enjoyed my time with him in the Hawkeye and hanging around back on the beach. Proud to have known him!

Non nobis solum nati sumus ortusque nostri partem patria vindicat, partem amici. Cicero

LCDR Butch Hills
US Navy

May 31, 2021

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