Fast Response Cutter Robert Yered Arrives in Miami

Southeastern Coast Guard News
Miami – Florida Congresswoman Debbie W. Schultz visited the Coast Guard’s fourth Sentinel Class patrol boat as it arrived at its homeport at Coast Guard Sector Miami Beach on Saturday.

The cutters namesake, Coast Guard Hero Engineman Robert J. Yered’s fearless actions set him apart as he stood duty in the explosive loading detail at the United States Army Terminal, Cat Lai, Vietnam, on February 18, 1968.

Engineman First Class Robert J. Yered was awarded the Silver Star due to his heroic actions at the Army Terminal in Cat Lai, Vietnam in 1968. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Engineman First Class Robert J. Yered was awarded the Silver Star due to his heroic actions at the Army Terminal in Cat Lai, Vietnam in 1968. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

In the early morning hours the terminal at Cat Lai was attacked by enemy rocket, mortar and small arms fire. As the heavy rounds beat into the terminal, one of the rockets struck a barge carrying several hundred tons of mortar ammunition. The barge was quickly engulfed in flames, and threatened to destroy three nearby ammunition ships carrying more than fifteen thousand tons of explosives.

Engineman Yered courageously exposed himself to enemy gunfire as he helped extinguish fires on the burning barge. His bold act averted not only the destruction of his own ship but also that of the entire terminal.

Yered’s valorous character shone through many times throughout his career and he is one of 12 Coast Guardsmen awarded the Silver Star for their service in Vietnam. Among his other awards are the Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze stars and a Purple Heart Medal.

 

Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Abeyta, Coast Guard Station Miami Beach commanding officer, gives Congresswoman Debbie W. Schultz a safety brief before she boards a 45-foot patrol boat at Station Miami Beach Jan. 26, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.

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The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered, the Coast Guard’s fourth Sentinel Class patrol boat, prepares for the arrival of Congresswoman Debbie W. Schultz Jan. 26, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.

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Coast Guard crewmembers assist Congresswoman Debbie W. Schultz board the Robert Yered Jan. 26, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.

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Lt. Paul Stepler, commanding officer for the Coast Guard Cutter Yered, briefs Congresswoman Debbie W. Schultz on the Yered’s capabilities Jan. 26, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.

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A crewmember aboard the Yered throws a line to anchor the Fast Response Cutter at Coast Guard Sector Miami Jan. 26, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.

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Rear Adm. William D. Baumgartner, Seventh Coast Guard district commander, and Congresswoman Debbie W. Schultz depart Cutter Robert Yered as it arrives at Coast Guard Sector Miami Jan. 26, 2013 for the first time. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.

 

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