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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Skip Bowen (Ret.), Mr. Andy Fitzagerald and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp pose for a picture following the commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber in Miami, FL April 14, 2012.
The first of the Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutters, the 154-foot cutter is named for BM1 Bernie Webber, a Coast Guard Boatswains Mate who led the rescue of the crew of the Pendleton, a tanker that broke in two off the coast of Chatham, MA on February 18, 1952. Webber, Engineman Second Class Fitzgerald, and two Coast Guard Seamen loaded 32 survivors on a boat made for 12 in windy and ice waters. All crewmembers were awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for the heroism and courage displayed during the rescue.