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TED WALTHER

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FYI;
USCG USS Mohawk WPG-78 was sunk in 90 feet of water off FT Myers beach, Fla today, to become part of an artificial reef. I was on this boat last year in Key West! Built in 1934, the ship is 165 feet in length. The ship served in World War II and was involved in 14 attacks against Nazi Submarines on the Atlantic Ocean.
I sure hope this is not going to become a trend for Museum ships, that go broke.
Take care,
TED


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PeterTareBuilder

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Yes, it is always a tragedy when a museum ship is scuttled like this. When the money runs out the ship goes down but it won't be able to be refloated. I often wonder just how bad it will be once the veterans are all gone.

WW2 is rapidly fading into the realms of history. Do they even teach about WW2 in the grade schools and/or high schools anymore?

This reminds me of a line from, "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda"; it goes "...what are they marching for? And I asked myself the same question."

There's an article and an image of this ship @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Mohawk_(WPG-78)

Cheers from Peter

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David Buck

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Peter that line "what are they marching for" refers to our ANZAC Day March to remember our fallen in Battle and as I write this we here in Australia have just lost another of our fine fighting men.
So we March to remember not only our lost but those of all Nations that have fought and fallen alongside us.
As long as we that have served are here there will be those that remember and will tell others why.
The Ship may be sunk but she can still be visited if she had been sold off for scrap there would be nothing at all left.

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Ted,

Thanks for that info on ' Mohawk'. My father would have been very interested in that news, as one of his high school friends, John Scott Stamford, was a Chief Petty Officer aboard her. Scott was on the Greenland patrols at some point during the War and was the editor of a newsletter for vets of the 'Mohawk'. I have a fuzzy video tape, copied from footage taken of a patrol in Greenland that I think he shot......... didn't look like much fun.

He would have been happy to learn that she wasn't scrapped. ( Mr. Stamford was also the best man at my parents wedding ).



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