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The CG 36524 sits outside the Brant Point Boat House in the 1960's.  Photo Courtesy of Bill Collette, MKCS (Ret.)

During the major Nor'Easter that ravaged the Cape Cod coast in February, 1952 the CG Motor Lifeboat was launched to assist the Fort Mercer from the Brant Point Coast Guard Station.  The Surfman on board that day was BMC Ralph Ormsby.  Chief Ormsby would later become the Officer in Charge of the Chatham Station from July 1952 to June 1954. 

The following historical artifacts were scanned from the originals provided by Chief Ormsby's daughter Sandy.  A special thanks to Sandy and Pete Howerton for the information!  Click on the thumbnails for larger pictures.

Official portrait of BMC Ormsby.  To read Chief Ormsby's official Biography from the 1952 Press Release click here.  To read Chief Ormsby's Commendation Citation click here.

The crew of the 36524 after the rescue

Official Coast Guard Photo (#32) with back caption reading, "Some of the 15 U.S. Coast Guardsmen who received Coast Guard Commendation Ribbons and Citations for their "courage, initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty" in the recent FORT MERCER-PENDLETON rescue operations, are shown here during the ceremony March 14 [1952] in the Treasury Building, Washington, D.C., at which the awards were presented.  Here, Vice Admiral Merlin O'Neill, Coast Guard Commandant, pins the ribbon on John F. Dunn, 24, Engineman First Class (AN), of Rockville, R.I.  Next in line to receive their awards are (left to right) Chief Boatswain's Mate Ralph L. Ormsby, 38, of Orleans, Mass.;  Donald  E. Pitts, 21, Seaman, Kansas City, Mo., and Alfred J. Roy, 31, Boatswain's Mate First Class, Nantucket, Mass.

Official Coast Guard Photo (#13) with back caption reading, "Some of the 15 U.S. Coast Guardsmen who received Coast Guard Commendation Ribbons and Citations for their "courage, initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty" in the recent FORT MERCER-PENDLETON rescue operations, are shown here during the ceremony March 14 [1952] in the Treasury Building, Washington, D.C., at which the awards were presented.  Here, Vice Admiral Merlin O'Neill, Coast Guard Commandant, congratulates John F. Dunn, 24, Engineman First Class (AN), of Rockville, R.I.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Dunn, Box 3, Rockville.  His wife, Sarah, lives at 14 Lyon Street, Nantucket.  Others in the foreground (left to right) are: Chief Boatswain's Mate Ralph L. Ormsby, 38, Orleans, Mass.; Donald T. Pitts, 21, Seaman, Kansas City, Mo.; Alfred J. Roy, 31, Boatswain's Mate First Class, Nantucket, Mass.;  Captain Romeo J. Borromey (left) is assisting the Commandant.

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