Tag: Dorchester

The Long Blue Line: 75 years ago – Escanaba rescues hundreds then perishes

Cutter Escanaba breaks ice early in its career on the Great Lakes. U.S. Coast Guard Collection.

Following a U-boat attack of the passenger steamer Cherokee, Lt. Robert “Bob” Prause, Jr., developed a cold-water rescue system of tethered rescue swimmers equipped with rubber exposure suits. These came in handy later when the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester was hit by a torpedo in icy waters between Newfoundland and Greenland in 1943. Prause’s system was one of the Coast Guard’s first successful cold-water rescue methods.

African American History Month: Petty Officer Deyampert

Warren T. Deyampert

Warren Deyampert volunteered to rescue survivors in the water after a torpedo hit Army Transport Dorchester in 1943. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Renee C. Aiello Coast Guard men and women are taught early in our careers, “to do the right thing when it’s the right thing to do, even

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