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Services For Midshipman Amtrak Victim

  POSTED ON: Friday, May 15, 2015 1:46 PM by

#044-15     ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Approximately 160 midshipmen from the Naval Academy’s 17th Company, Sprint football team and Jewish Midshipman Club are attending services for Midshipman 3rd Class Justin Zemser today in Hewlett, N.Y.

The funeral will include full military honors, including a bugler and burial detail from Naval Station Groton, Conn. 

The Naval Academy Commandant, Capt. Bill Byrne, is attending on behalf of the Naval Academy administration. Marine Corps Capt. Brandy Soublet, Zemser’s company officer, will provide a eulogy. Naval Academy Jewish chaplain, Lt. Yonatan Warren, will preside over the service and will serve as the burial rabbi.

The Naval Academy remains deeply saddened by the death of Justin Zemser, and we will continue to support his family during this very difficult time.

There will be an additional memorial service for the midshipmen, faculty and staff at the Naval Academy Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Levy Center and Jewish Chapel. This service is not open to the general public.

Zemser was one of the passengers who lost his life in the Amtrak train crash which occurred in north Philadelphia Tuesday, May 12. Zemser was on leave and en route to his family’s home in Rockaway Beach, N.Y. when the accident occurred. 


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