“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.

Demir Akozer enlisted into the Navy in February 2012, and proudly served through his untimely departure in June 2022, where he was a shipmate on the USS New Hampshire Submarine out of Norfolk VA. Demir was the kind of person that never met a stranger. If you met Demir, then you know how genuine and kind his heart and soul was. Most of all, he was so fun-loving, taking pleasure in helping others, whether it was mowing your lawn, helping you work on your car or truck, or just spending time with you and putting a smile on your face, as he so naturally could do. Demir’s amazing and quick-witted sense of humor was unlike any other, and every door he walked through, he brought new life into that place. He was the entertainer in our family. He valued his family and friends, and he enjoyed driving his lifted truck with his dog, Dexter, as his shotgun rider. Demir’s absence has left such an emptiness that can never be filled, and his memory will live on as we carry him in our hearts. We all love you and miss you Demir!