Honolulu based Coast Guardsman selected as finalist in Cadence Contest 2013

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – A Honolulu-based Coast Guardsman and Oklahoma City native has been selected as one of the Coast Guard’s Top 5 Cadence authors of 2013, and his cadence will be released Friday.

Chief Petty Officer Walter E. Prim, Jr., from Oklahoma City and a port state control examiner in Honolulu, was selected for his running cadence entitled “The SAR Call” Each year Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, the service’s only enlisted basic training facility, solicits original marching cadences from across the service.

Chief Petty Officer Walter Prim poses at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, Thursday Sept. 26, 2013. Prim has been selected as one of the Coast Guard’s Top 5 Cadence authors of 2013 for his original cadence about 'The SAR Call.' U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa McKenzie

Chief Petty Officer Walter Prim poses at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, Thursday Sept. 26, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa McKenzie

“The Coast Guard Cadence Contest allows servicemembers from across the Coast Guard to educate our recruits,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “Everything we do here is aimed at educating and preparing future Coast Guardsmen for the rigors of service, and that includes when they call cadence.”

Prim’s running cadence chronicles the Coast Guard’s response to a fishing vessel fire, which was inspired by Prim’s real-life experiences in the Coast Guard. While at Station Montauk, N.Y., more than 24 years ago, Prim and his shipmates received a mayday call from the crew of the fishing vessel Three V’s that their vessel was on fire. The Coast Guard crew launched shortly after losing radio communication with the mariners and arrived to see the vessel engulfed in flames with the fishermen huddled on the stern of the fishing vessel about to enter the 42-degree water. Prim’s crew pulled the fishermen to safety and ultimately saved their lives.

Chief Petty Officer Walter Prim poses at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, Thursday Sept. 26, 2013. Prim has been selected as one of the Coast Guard’s Top 5 Cadence authors of 2013 for his original cadence about 'The SAR Call.' U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa McKenzie

Chief Petty Officer Walter Prim.. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa McKenzie

“I remember the smells of the fire, I remember the intense heat from the fire, but most of all I remember the look of relief on the faces of those men when we were pulling them onboard our vessel,” said Prim. “Many (Coast Guardsmen) will experience loss of lives during their careers, but my focus was to share the gratification you feel when save a life because that’s what keeps you going.”

The Coast Guard will release the Top 5 Cadences throughout the week of Sept. 23, and the public will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorite cadence by “liking” it on Facebook and YouTube. The Top Coast Guard Cadence of 2013 will be announced the week of Oct. 14.

Training Center Cape May prepares more than 80 percent of the Coast Guard’s entire workforce to conduct the service’s frontline missions around the world. The Coast Guard is among the most selective and recruits the most qualified applicants of the five armed services. This rigorous training program educates future Coast Guardsmen in everything from basic water survival to marksmanship, and many graduates will be conducting Coast Guard missions just days after basic training.

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