In November 1972, the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis ran aground during a violent storm in Alaska, puncturing its hull, with a temporary patch applied to stop the flooding. The following day, enroute back to Honolulu, another, more vicious, storm struck; Jarvis now struggled with over thirteen feet of water in their engine room and no power. The nearest ship that volunteered to assist was scheduled to arrive thirty minutes after the Jarvis officers estimated the ship would be destroyed on the rocky coastline. Wind gusts struck at seventy-knots, hail and snow was falling, and at one time, Jarvis hit a swell at a sixty-degree angle.
Book scheduled for release in November 2019.
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Excerpt "All Present and Accounted For"
April 9, 2019
Captain Harry E. Choate Budd served as commanding officer of the CGC Jarvis from 1985 to 1987.
He was a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. During his 23 plus years service he served on five Coast Guard cutters: (Redwood, Mariposa - XO, Acushnet - XO, Storis -CO, retiring as commanding officer of Jarvis in 1987. He received his BCE from the University of Illinois and a Master of Engineering administration from The George Washington University. Ashore he served two tours in civil engineering in Boston and Headquarters and as Public Works Officer at the Coast Guard Yard. He served as Chief, Intelligence Law Enforcement Branch, Juneau.
In retirement he worked in public works and plant & facilities operations in the Seattle area. He was able to realize his life long dream of flying; obtaining his commercial pilots license in 2003. He passed away in March 2018.
Book release (hopefully) in May 2019. Grass grows faster than the publishing business.