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Coast Guardsman Cornelius Shea | United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

Coast Guardsman

Cornelius Shea

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, February 20, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 2 years

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Military veteran

Cause: Drowned

Location: Massachusetts

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Coast Guardsman Cornelius Shea (MoMM1c) and seven other guardsmen drowned when their boat, CG-238, sank.

Guardsman Shea had served with the Coast Guard for two years. He was survived by his mother.

CG-238 floundered and sank while on prohibition enforcement patrol off the coast of Cape Code (Highland) Light, Massachusetts, on February 20, 1927.

The boat, which was four miles east of the lighthouse, encountered a severe gale and snow squalls. She attempted to anchor but the surf was too rough and the anchors would not hold. She was able to radio a distress call to the Coast Guard but, due to the severe weather, rescue attempts failed before she sank.

Her entire crew of eight Coast Guard crewmen was lost.

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Cornelius,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Crewmen for your service and sacrifice for our Country.

Semper Paratus!

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
February 20, 2017

 

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