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Bernard Webber and the Heroic Rescue

By: Grace Caylor

The 3 volunteers
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The 3 volunteers

There were 3 volunteers to help Bernard Webber on what they thought was going to be a suicide trip. A young Coast Guard engineer Andy Fitzgerald, and two fellow coast guards men, Richard Livesey, and Ervin Maske. They willingly volunteered to go with Webber. A lot of people expected them to fail but they didn't and they back up as heroes. These boys weren't what Webber was hoping for but as it turns out they were exactly what he needed. Andy Fitzgerald today is the only one alive to make that rescue. He is still alive and is living in Colorado. Bernard Webber, died January 24, 2009. Seamen Richard Livesey and Ervin Maske both died within the past six years of the rescue.

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The rescue of a lifetime
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The rescue of a lifetime

On February 18, 1952, Bernard Webber went over the breakline and saved 32 sailers from 2 cargo ships that broke in half from the storm. He took the CG36500, a boat designed to hold 12 people at the most, and 3 volunteers and went out to see to save the men. They went against 60 foot waves freezing weather and freezing water. Unfortunately there was one sailer who didn't make it out alive. The Pendleton was the big ship that broke in half was 10 miles off shore. Only one person died on that trip, which is a miracle.

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Bernard C. Webber Biography
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Bernard C. Webber Biography

Bernard C. Webber was in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was born on May 9, 1928. He went over the breakline in a horrific storm and saved men from two carrier ships that broke in half from the storm. The storm was a freezing winter snow storm. He died on January 24, 2009. He died a hero to many and a great role model to younger kids and the Coast Guard.

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Bernard C. Webber (USCG Ret) 1928-2009 [USCG LSA]
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Bernard C. Webber (USCG Ret) 1928-2009 [USCG LSA]

Bernie Webber was born on May 9, 1928. When he was 16 Bernie joined the Merchant Marine Service. When WW11 ended he joined the US coast guard. He went to boot camp in Curtis Bay, MD. He was transferred to Cape Cod. After that he was transferred to Martha's Vineyard. He was transferred to Chatham station in 1949. After the Pendleton rescue he was transferred again to Woods Hole. He didn't return to Chatham until 1954 but only served their until 1955. Webber had a wife named Marian Webber. They were married on July 16, 1950 in Milton. He died on January 24, 2009. He lived a good long heroic life. Everyone will remember him as a hero to many people.

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