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Cold-Water Rescues in the Battle of the Atlantic

By William H. Thiesen 2018-06-17 11:59:55

“By the way, Admiral [Edward “Iceberg”] Smith recently commended the Escanaba, its officers and men, for brilliant rescue work. The ship saved about 150 men who were cast into a very cold sea. Most of the men were helpless due...

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USS Serpens crew’s caskets arrive at Arlington National Cemetery from Guadalcanal in 1949. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

USS Serpens: The Coast Guard’s Greatest Loss

By William H. Thiesen 2018-01-27 17:39:25

“I felt and saw two flashes after which only the bow of the ship was visible. The rest had disintegrated and the bow sank soon afterwards.” – Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Perry Stinson, USS Serpens commanding officer The quote above...

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