Monday, March 17, 2014

Heroic Deeds, Indeed.

"To date there has been no Homer, Herman Melville, or Charles Dana to record their deeds so that Americans recognize that they have always had maritime heroes living among them. Until that time, if you wish to see ordinary men and women who perform heroic deeds, visit a US Coast Guard small boat rescue station." - Dennis L. Noble, Ph.D, USCG (Ret.), in Rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard: Great Acts of Heroism since 1878

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  1. There have been some few, such as Pacific War Diary, about WWII life aboard a battleship (or was it a cruiser?), but Dennis Noble is right.

    That photo actually caused a lump in my throat, as it looks to be of the same vintage as that 1944 destroyer on which I was stationed.

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  2. If you have time to go on an overnight trip to the Oregon coast, the Heceta Head lighthouse south of Newport reopened last summer after an extensive rennovation. The end result of two years of sandblasting is really cool looking.

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  3. I know their official motto is Semper Paratus. I have always heard that the unofficial motto is "You have to go out. You don't have to come back." The CG does a hard job, all the time.

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  4. The USCG are fantastic. We watch them work miracles of rescue and evacuation quite often while we are at sea.

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  5. Here on Cape Cod, I grew up with BMC Bernard Webber as a neighbor. He was Cox'n on a small motor lifeboat that rescued most of the crew (lost one) of the Pendleton off Chatham Ma during a raging North easter in 1954 . Hell of a story and proudly remembered by the Coast Gaurd. He was quite a man.

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  6. The average person (some would say sheep) has no idea what it takes to keep them safe and up to their ears in electronic gadgets and other trinkets they take for granted. Worse yet is when a Commander in Chief has no idea either and has reckless disregard for expenditure of those who sacrifice for the Nation.

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  7. Very true, and Rescue's motto (unofficial) is "You have to go out, you don't have to come back."

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