“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

The Navy Gold Star Program is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those Service Members who have died in service to our country. To help us to never forget, we have set up this tribute page to honor and remember the memory of those lives. If you would like to honor the memory of your Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman through the Navy Gold Star website please submit your thoughts and a photo.

Athan grew up in a small town called Nederland, Tx and graduated in 2000. Athan grew up playing sports mainly soccer and football. He achieved the Eagle Scout rank by age 16 and joined the Navy in 2001. After schooling at Great Lakes, he trained with the Marines in NC. He finished his schooling at Pensacola in Aviation Medicine in 2003 and was assigned to NAS Lemoore, Ca. He met his wife Catherine and was married in 2005. Their daughter Cailey was born in December 2005. While assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln he was part of the crew that helped the people affected by the tsunami in 2004. He enjoyed working with the pilots and loved going with them on trainings. Sadly his last training was at AF base Elmendorf, Ak.