Extending yesterdays celebration of Coast Guard Day 2009, we will be keeping up with the coast guard theme here all week on g Captain’s blog. LT Robert Prause provides a classic example of the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.
Today’s post is an interesting story written by William H. On June 22, 1915, Robert Henry Prause, Jr., was born in Charleston, South Carolina.
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The difficulty of retrieving men from the frigid heavy seas of the North Atlantic prompted Prause to work with the ship’s commanding officer, LCDR Carl U.
Peterson, to develop a safer and more effective method for recovering debilitated survivors from Greenland’s icy cold waters.
Unfortunately, the success of Prause and his system proved short lived.
In June, ESCANABA joined cutters STORIS and RARITAN to escort a convoy bound from Greenland to Newfoundland.
Wearing their exposure suits, the retrievers swam out to the DORCHESTER’s men to determine whether they were still alive and ESCANABA’s deck crew hauled in those that had survived.
Prause supervised this eight-hour evolution in less than ideal conditions.The cutter escorted cargo vessels and troop transports between U. and Canadian ports and on to Greenland in arguably the worst and most forbidding sea and weather conditions in any theater of operations of World War II.On June 15, 1942, an event took place that made a lasting impression on Prause.Soon after ESCANABA joined the Greenland Patrol, Prause received a wartime promotion to full lieutenant.Over the course of the next year, ESCANABA served as a workhorse for the Greenland Patrol’s convoy escorts.At in the morning, a U-boat torpedoed the DORCHESTER, sinking the transport within twenty minutes.