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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Happy Birthday Brother!
There isn't one day that goes by that I don't think about you, and how much you are missed. You are my wonderful and precious big brother, and thank you for always watching over me. I never had the opportunity to thank you before you took your final flight to Heaven, but I know you can always hear me and see me. We had a special (awesome), but much too short life together on earth. I would not change anything we shared or did together, other than I wish you were here with me now. You will always be my hero and angel. I know you will take care of Mom and Dad now that they have followed you thru the Pearly Gates of Heaven. Until we meet again, Peace to you. Still your little brother.

Keith Lerner, LT Detective, Retired

July 30, 2020

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