Station Cape Disappointment pays tribute to lost Coast Guardsmen, mariners

MLB Triumph Memorial Service

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment and other attendees of the annual MLB Triumph Memorial Service held at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 13, 2018, watch a memorial wreath be placed in the Pacific Ocean near the Columbia River Bar in remembrance of Coast Guardsmen and mariners lost at sea in the Pacific Northwest. The remembrance ceremony paid tribute to 24 Coast Guardsmen and mariners who died during seven separate Coast Guard operations dating back to 1961. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

MLB Triumph Memorial Service

Patriot Guard riders and crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment line the rail during a wreath laying ceremony outside the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 13, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

MLB Triumph Memorial Service

Jeff Rusicki rings a bell for every name read by Gordon Huggins during the MLB Triumph Memorial Service held at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 13, 2018. The tolling of a bell is a traditional action done at Coast Guard memorial services because it provides a tribute of dignity, honor and respect for the person who was willing to sacrifice their all. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

MLB Triumph Memorial Service

Gordon Huggins is comforted by friend Jeff Rusicki, both former Coast Guardsmen that served on the Columbia River Bar, while Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Condit, commanding officer Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, pays tribute to Coast Guardsmen that have been lost in the Pacific Northwest during the annual Triumph Memorial Service held at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 13, 2018. Huggins was the only surviving crewmember aboard the 52-foot Motor Lifeboat Triumph which was lost during an attempted rescue mission, Jan. 12, 1961. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

Station Cape Disappointment pays tribute to lost Coast Guardsmen, mariners

Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment crewmembers place a memorial wreath into the Pacific Ocean near the North Head Light in Ilwaco, Wash., during a memorial ceremony, Jan. 13, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

MLB Triumph Memorial Service

Gordon Huggins, the only surviving crewmember from the capsizing and loss of the 52-foot Motor Life Boat Triumph, January 12, 1961, receives a hug from an attendee of the annual Triumph Memorial ceremony held at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Wash., January 13, 2018. The Triumph and five members of its crew were lost during an attempted rescue of the fishing vessel Mermaid just outside the Columbia River Bar. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

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