Coast Guardsman Charles Albert Freeburn

Coast Guardsman Charles Albert Freeburn

United States Coast Guard, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, February 20, 1927

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Charles Albert Freeburn

Coast Guardsman Charles Freeburn (BM2c) and seven other guardsmen drowned when their boat, CG-238, sank.

Guardsman Freeburn's body was washed ashore and was recovered near High Head Station on February 20th.

Guardsman Freeburn had served with the United States Coast Guard for 18 months. 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.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned
  • Location Massachusetts

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice and may you always rest in peace knowing your law enforcement family will never forget.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 20, 2021

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