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Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas Aboard the C.G.C. Tamaroa - Military Monday


(Text Copyright (c) 2014 Cynthia Shenette) One of the things I love about blogging is when I take a single item or record and try to do a bit of research on the item before I write about it.  I am fortunate in that I have so many letters, photos, and pieces of memorabilia as part of my family history collection, but sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees.  Take this Christmas 1951 program from the United States Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa which I recently looked at for the very first time.

My uncle Robert Szerejko (1929-2012), my mother's brother, spent time in the Coast Guard.  I don't know too much about his time in the Coast Guard, other than he spent some time in Greenland and stayed in touch with his Coast Guard skipper, "Skipper Gray" for decades.  My Uncle Bob was like that.  He was the kind of guy who made an impression on people, who people wanted to stay in touch with, whether it was an old friend from his Coast Guard days or someone he built a post and beam house for as part of his house building business. When I asked my cousin if her dad ever mentioned the Tamaroa, she didn't remember the Tamaroa specifically, but since he is listed in the program as one of the men who present for Christmas in 1951 we can probably assume he spent some time on the Tamaroa.

What did I learn about the C.G.C. Tamaroa?  The Tamaroa was launched on 9 October 1943 and saw action in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, including being involved in Marianas, the Philippines, and Iwo Jima operations. She was the first cutter on sight after the sinking of the Andrea Doria, and most surprisingly was the Coast Guard cutter made famous in Sebastian Junger's book, The Perfect Storm!  The crew of the Tamaroa saved the crew of the Satori, a sailing vessel in distress 75 miles off the island of Nantucket, during the 1991 No Name Storm.  You can read an excellent article, The Perfect Storm, 20 Years Later, on the Coast Guard Compass: The Official Blog of U.S. Coast Guard.  You can also read more about the Tamaroa herehere and here.

I love this program!  It's amazing how one little thing can say so much. Now I know where my uncle was, who he was with, and what he ate on Christmas day in 1951!  Even the menu takes us back in time.  How many people still put peanut butter on their holiday table! 

If you served on the Tamaroa in the 1950s, recognize any of the names listed in this program, or remember my uncle Bob Szerejko I would love to hear from you!




Menu


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TOMATO JUICE     SHRIMP COCKTAIL

TURKEY RICE SOUP

CRACKERS     BUTTER     ROLLS

ASSORTED PICKLES     STUFFED OLIVES

PEANUT BUTTER     CELERY HEARTS

CRANBERRY SAUCE

ROAST TOM TURKEY

OYSTER DRESSING     GIBLET GRAVY

MASHED TURNIPS

VIRGINIA BAKED HAM

PINEAPPLE GRAVY     MASHED POTATOES

COLE SLAW

CIDER     COFFEE     MILK

FRUIT CAKE     PLUM PUDDING

MINCE MEAT PIE     PUMPKIN PIE

ASSORTED CANDY     ASSORTED NUTS

CIGARS & CIGARETTES



Officers

Thompson, Warner K., Jr., CDR, USCG   Lutzi, Philip C., ENS, USCG
Hinkleman, George C., LT, USCGR    Bassett, Raymond C., Jr. ENS, USCG
Krause, Herbert, LT, USCG             Beach, John W., BOSN, USCG
Treib, Seymour L., LTJG, USCG         Mears, Grayson J., MACH, USCG
Gendler, Irvin, ENS, USCG


Enlisted Men


     Emery, Otis W., CSC                    Dunhour, Joseph W., ENC
     Frey, Leo (n), ENC                       Kirkman, George R., EMCA (P)
     Tarr, Howard R., Jr., BMC (P)        Lucey, Christopher J., QMC

Aery, Walter H., EN1 (P)                    Anderson, Gilbert C., SN
Avedisia, Harry (n), SN                       Berry, Leo D., SN
Berni, Albert J., FN (EM)                    Bledsoe, Marvin R., EN2 (P)
Casale, Robert (n), RM1 (HF)             Cleavenger, Jack R., EN3 (P)
Colegrove, Howard C., FN                  Colford, Sidney J., Jr., SN
Cooper, Grady (n), FN                        Cotton, Paul S., SD3 (P)
Czapski, Alexander (n), SN                  Fallo, Charles C., Jr. FN
Fasano, Lun A., RM2                          Feierabend, Richard F., SA
Gaines, Eugene C., SD3 (P)                 Fulton, William D. QM1 (P)
Grinage, James R., EM2                      Gilmore, Marshall C., QM2
Harris, James (n), TN                          Grogan, John J., EN3 (P)
Hildebrand, Richard E., SA                  Hendricks, Robert N., SN
Jones, Russell W., DC3 (P)                  Hymers, Douglas J., YN1
Kerbel, Stanley E., SN                         Keister, Gerald J., EN3 (P)
Lake, Henry E., RM3                          Lopez, Jose L., EN3 (P)
Lewis, Alfred F., FN (EN)                   McDermontt, William G., HM2
Masker, Raymond E., CS1                   Mendicino, Vincent T., SN
McDevitt, Joseph j., SN                       Moran, James F., DC1
Menge, Fred W. , EN1                         Noorman, Jack M., SA
Nicolaus, James E., SA                        Owen, Urel P., Jr., YN3
Oreck, Marshall B., SA                        Paul H., SK1 (P)
Palicia, Leo (n) EM3 (P)                      Pospisil, George H., RM3
Petkovich, Charles R., SA                    Rossi, Ralmonde (n), ET2
Rappaport, Isaac I., SA                        Sciarrino, John F., SA
Sanders, Luther (n), CS2                      Sensenig, John H., Jr., FN
Seibel, Herman (n), GM3 (P)               Smith, Clifford E., BM3 (P)
Shortt, Harry R., SN                            Spahr,     John E., BM3 (P)
Smith, Norman C., SN                         Steindler, "H" K., ET3
Standaert., Richard E., SN                   Sward, Gordan A., SA
Stroud, Myrel E., BM3                        Szerejko, Robert A., SN
Switzer, Dean W., SA                         Theriault, Joseph L. P., SN
Thomas, Sydney W., YN3 (P)             Travis, Charles W., SA
Walker, Clifton B., Jr., QM1                Watson, John T. EN2
Wilson, Sidney A., F N                        Wood, Alvin C. RD3 (P)
Yost, James C., FN (EN)



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3 comments:

Barbara Poole said...

Cindy, I love the Christmas program as well, and, I especially like the fact that you added all the names, so, please keep us updated if a person contacts you after seeing this. The menu looks pretty good too.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Barbara - LOL. Thanks! I will definitely update you if any of the people listed decide to contact me. (BTW, I thought the menu looked pretty good, too. ;)

liaison said...

Hi Cindy, As the Executive Director of the foundation that endeavored, for ten years, to save and preserve the USS ZUNI / CGC TAMAROA for future generations to enjoy, it was with a very heavy heart when we finally had to "throw in the towel" The Coast Guard never wanted this historic ship to be saved, and tried to stop us many times. They finally won...and an important page in American history is lost forever. So sad. All the best, Tom