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st Hours Legend To Life h, with Patrick Hickey one, and he will not desist from his efforts until by actual trial the impossibility of effecting a rescue is demonstrated. The statement of the keeper that he did not try to use the boat because the sea or surf was too heavy will not be accepted unless attempts to launch it were actually made and failed, or unless the conformation of the coast--as bluffs, precipitous banks, etc.--is such as to unquestionably preclude the use of a boat.” This language was again found in the Instructions for United States Coast Guard Stations, 1934 edition, Paragraph 28, page 4. These were not words of simple rhetoric, but words to live by. CBM Clarence P. Brady, USCG (Ret.), in the March 1954 issue (page 2) of the Coast Guard Magazine, related the story of Keeper Patrick Etheridge making the statement for the first time: “A ship was stranded off Cape Hatteras on the Diamond Shoals and one of the life saving crew reported the fact that this ship had run ashore on the dangerous shoals. The old skipper gave the command to man the lifeboat and one of the men shouted out that we might make it out to the wreck but we would never make it back. The old skipper looked around and said, ‘The Blue Book says we’ve got to go out and it doesn’t say a damn thing about having to come back.’” Patrick Etheridge was not exaggerating, nor were the Coast Guardsmen of the station in Chatham, Massachusetts on 18 February, 1952. Four men, all under age 25, took their creed to heart to respond in time of need and rescue 32 survivors of the sinking SS Pendleton in the midst of a hurricane force storm. nd high seas, the T/V Pendleton split in half off Cape Cod. 32 of the 33 a, thanks to the heroic efforts of four brave coastguardsmen. select either the boat, breeches buoy, or life car, as in his judgment is best suited to effectively cope with the existing conditions. If the device first selected fails after such trial as satisfies him that no further attempt with it is feasible, he will resort to one of the others, and if that fails, then to the remaining 4 OR express Of the four original crew members: Petty Officer 1st Class Bernard Webber, the boat’s commander, Fitzgerald, a petty officer 2nd class and the boat’s engineman, and two seamen, Richard Livesey and Ervin Maske, only Fitzgerald survives. While the old motto of “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back,” was still a part of the Coast Guard ethic in 1952 there had to be other reasons why those men were willing to brave 70-foot waves, 3 8