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The water level in the engine room was the same as outside, all engines were dead, no fresh water, with very little cooking. Combined with the exhaustive and lengthy working conditions in the filthy water, the lack of hot water, and heat, crewmember sanitation n...

December 27, 2018

Anchorage

Toward the end of October, on a beautiful, cold morning, the Jarvis was steaming up Cook Inlet toward the city of Anchorage.  There, the crew was looking forward to liberty in the state’s largest city.  However, for Petty Officers Bob Loftin and Jerry Sandors,...

December 23, 2018

Those who have experienced Alaska, know the dangers.  Captain Webster Balding was well aware of Alaska with over thirteen years of sea service under his belt.  At his Coast Guard Jarvis change of command ceremony in 2012, when he was being relieved, commented “I’v...

November 21, 2018

The Coast Guard's mission doesn't wait for a war to happen--it's 365 days a year. There is something noble and special in that.

Robert L. Vanelsberg- former ST3, CGC Jarvis (1972)

June 24, 2018

November 15, 2018

I have conducted numerous phone interviews in the past week along with more email and Internet research.  Today I located ST3 Michael Large who was a sonar tech AND one of the two divers on board the Jarvis when she went aground.  Yesterday I managed to get ahold of Co...

November 9, 2018

LT Huddleston: I returned to my aviation detachment and told them that the ship may actually sink and we had better think about the probability of abandoning ship. Then I said that we had the best life boat on the ship and we ought to think about the possibility of lau...

November 4, 2018

From (former FA) Bill Sewell:  "As a boot FA I didn't have a lot real responsibilities to the actual repairs. My main GC station, if I remember correctly [and I may not], was back in the aft damage control team. Don't remember who all was in it. I spent some time makin...

October 26, 2018

I am just reviewing Cdr White's military records from the Navy- only 60 pages to go....He was quite decorated from the Navy and it should be an interesting read....phone interviews are continuing - it helps to get personal perspectives of the incident.  Each person bri...

September 24, 2018

"Memories of that event still bring tears to my eyes at the heroism demonstrated by the 150 men aboard the Jarvis and what we did to save the Jarvis and the lives of the crew, which had the potential of being the worse disaster of life and property in Coast Guard histo...

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