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Erick Lundberg

Awarded 27 June 1952

On 28 May 1951, the fishing vessel Acme, hit by heavy seas, sank about 1,000 feet off the shore of Neskowin, OR.  Two survivors climbed up on the mast, which was the only part of' the sunken vessel showing above the water.  At the time, Lundberg, a member of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78, was tending his crab pots alone from his boat, the Manatee, some distance away.  Displaying excellent seamanship, Lundberg was able to maneuver his boat through the breakers and close to the mast, where he passed, a line to one of the survivors and pulled him aboard.  Before he could aid the other survivor, however, the man was washed off the mast and drowned.  Lundberg then put out through the heavy surf to safety.  After clearing the surf line, he set off flares to attract attention to the scene and then proceeded to Depoe Bay.  At the time of the rescue, hazardous weather conditions prevailed; a strong sea was running, and wind was northwest at about forty miles per hour.  The surf was heavy and reached to approximately 350 yards offshore.

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