3 A somber anniversary at Mayport .. honoring the sailors of USS Stark who were killed 27 years ago during an attack by an Iraqi jet. Today... More than 200 shipmates, friends and families filled Mayport Memorial Park to pay their respects to the fallen crew. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem was there. 3 00-05 22-30 37-42 50-55In the early morning hours of May 17th 1987, thirty-seven sailors died when two Iraqi missiles struck the guided- missile frigate USS Stark... while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf.Members of the 1987 crew of Stark and family members of the fallen were at the memorial service.Ernestine Foster lost her husband on the Starke, when their youngest of five was only 2-years-old. Ernestine Foster, Lost Her Husband on Starke 55:14 My husband was a hero to I would say everyone...he was a loving father.Despite the severe damage caused by the missile, the heroic efforts of the crew saved the ship.Bernard Martin, Gunners Mate Missile Third Class Technician 05:55 They need to realize everything this country was founded on has a cost and the cost has been paid for by the blood of patriots, those that have gone before me and those that have come after me...Matthew Schellhorn, Retired Navy Captain 01:11 That's the kind of folks that serve in the military- that's the kind of people we have- the kind that don't give up and people who continue to fight for what we have todayNAT POP: 53:52Naval Station Mayport's memorial park was established August 1st 1987 with the dedication of the USS Stark monument. Today's ceremony ended with a 21-gun salute and "Taps" to honor those who did not come home.NAT POP OF SALUTE: 53:18Stark was decommissioned at Mayport in 1999. AM C4 TLS.