Friday, September 02, 2005

Semper Paratus

Of the 166 Coast Guard personnel stationed at New Orleans, 73 are unaccounted for.

A ship was stranded off Cape Hatteras on the Diamond Shoals and one of the life saving crew reported the fact that this ship had run ashore on the dangerous shoals. The old skipper gave the command to man the lifeboat and one of the men shouted out that we might make it out to the wreck but we would never make it back. The old skipper looked around and said, 'The Blue Book says we've got to go out and it doesn't say a damn thing about having to come back.'

From the USCG historian.

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