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U.S. Coast Guard Awards


John C. Webb

Awarded on 20 March 1963


For extreme daring and heroism on the night of 1 June 1962, while serving as coxswain of the CG-36455, engaged in the rescue of three persons from the P/C Phoebe, disabled approximately two miles northwest of Cape Alava, WA.  When the Quillayute River Lifeboat Station received a call from the vessel, BM1 Webb immediately radioed instructions to the vessel in an attempt to prevent grounding and advised the persons on board to don life jackets.  Thereafter, he steered the CG-36455 toward the boat's charted position, guided by a Coast Guard plane.  Despite adverse weather conditions, gale force winds and seas twenty to twenty-five feet high, he maneuvered the 36-foot lifeboat with the hope of towing the battered Phoebe from her perilous berth near the rocky shore, fluting the tong operation, the CG-36455 was damaged and the Phoebe ultimately grounded.  Webb, realizing the extreme plight of her occupants, quickly brought the lifeboat alongside and transferred three persons including one who had sustained serious injuries.  After administering first aid to this victim, he piloted his damaged craft to where a doctor and an ambulance were waiting.  Webb's outstanding courage, skill, and fortitude averted almost sure death for the rescued persons.  His perseverance and unwavering devotion to duty, while endangering his life during this rescue, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.


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