In the early hours of June 13, 1943, the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba sank while performing escort duty from Greenland to Newfoundland. To this day no one knows if the Escanaba was sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat or a floating mine, but the 101 Coast Guardsmen lost that day would be forever remembered as heroes. Six weeks later, the citizens of Grand Haven, Michigan, where the Escanaba was stationed in peace time, would gather to honor the memories of the dead on a somber Coast Guard day.
Over the past 67 years, two more cutters have borne the name Escanaba. Both would call Grand Haven home and the crews have continued the tradition of honoring the memory of the first Escanaba and the men who lost their lives serving their country.
Click here to read a blog post on this year’s remembrance of the heroes of the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba.