U. S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown
will hold the 35th Memorial Commemoration to honor the 10 Coast Guardsmen
and one Indonesian
U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown will hold a memorial to honor the 10 Coast Guard personnel and one Indonesian naval officer who lost their lives aboard USCGC CUYAHOGA (WIX-157) on October 20, 1978. This year’s ceremony will begin Sunday, October 20th, at 1600 with a no-host reception at the Training Center’s Port of York. At 1810 observance of evening colors will be held on the parade field, and conclude at the Washington Auditorium with a memorial service, with the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., as the invited speaker. The memorial service will mark the 35th anniversary since the incident and will start at approximately 1830. Please RSVP with CWO2 Stan Davoy no later than October 5th to indicate whether you will attend the memorial service and/or the no-host reception. He may be contacted at telephone number 757-856-3500 Ext.2190 or you may e-mail him at: Stanley.J.Davoy@uscg.mil. For more information, please contact CWO2 Kevin Pettigrew at (757) 856-3500 ext 3168 or Kevin.W.Pettigrew@uscg.mil.
On October 20, 1978 CUYAHOGA, while on a night-time officer candidate school training cruise, collided with the M/V Santa Cruz II in the Chesapeake Bay and sank about two minutes later in 58 feet of water. The CUYAHOGA sank quickly due to massive damage to its hull and rapid down flooding as the much larger Santa Cruz II bulldozed the cutter underwater at about 13 knots for at least one minute. Eleven shipmates died in the tragic collision. CUYAHOGA was raised, examined, and deemed too damaged to warrant repair. CUYAHOGA was eventually returned to the deep off the Virginia Capes where it still lies upright in 100 feet of water. As a partial result of this accident the Coast Guard instituted more stringent controls and certifications. These include periodic examinations for deck watch officers and rigorous seamanship refresher courses for all prospective commanding officers and executive officers. A memorial to honor our shipmates who lost their lives aboard CGC CUYAHOGA is located across the street from the Coast Guard Dining Facility and Lincoln Hall.