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Mayport Says Goodbye to Three Heros
Saturday, March 16, 2002   By: J.E. Simmons

Three Mayport airmen died on their way home from the war. One was a female pilot, one a naturalized U.S. citizen, and one a third-generation sailor.

Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport paid their last respects to three U.S. Navy sailors yesterday. The chapel held 600 mourners. Fifty more listened to the service over loudspeakers placed outside.

The three died when their helicopter crashed off the coast of Greece. Lt. Terri Fussner was one of the Navy's few female HH-60B pilots. Her friends called her a female top gun. Lt. Wayne Roberts was a naturalized American citizen. He wife says he loved this country and the opportunity it gave him. Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Lawson was a third generation sailor. They were on their way home from the war.

Fussner, Roberts and Lawson flew from the destroyer Hayler, part of the Theodore Roosevelt battle group.

Friends and squadronmates spoke of them as well liked and dedicated sailors.

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