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USCG Cutter Duane WHEC/WPG 33

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This page is dedicated to those Duane sailors who have gone before us.
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Duane Plaque
James Entwhistle March 3, 2014
Born March 15, 1920, raised in Everett, MA, joined the Coast Guard in 1940
and served during WWII on the Duane. He lived in Plymouth, MA. and would have been 94 this month.
ETCM Bill Albright crossed the bar in the fall of 2013. He served on the Duane in 1961
Charles (Chick) Straub May 11th 2010
Jack Laib March 2010
Shirley Gabrial
Donna Murphy
James Patrick Sharp-QM1cserved 3/19/42 to 9/29/45 and sailed a few trans-Atlantic crossings aboard the Duane. He died at age 80 - March 24, 1997
Robert Burns of Oklahoma City, OK - December 2008
Tom Nagle-QMC Columbia, SC - August 11 2008
Harry Hays- served 1942-45 Alliance, OH - October 21, 2008
Donna Murphy (wife of Greg Murphy) Port St. Lucie, Florida - June 24, 2008
Maria Ragucci (Wife of Tony Ragucci-RMC 74-76) - April 13, 2008
Arthur Shaw - August 2004
Robert Wiggleworth
Edward Grant-Lynnfield, MA
Lawrence Murphy
Dan Walsh
James Witt
Gilbert Parks
Floyd Stromer-San Pedro, CA
Robert Nunn
Ken Theriault
Thomas Bernier
Roger Erdmann
Robert Cain
Skip Dalton
Rick Moison
John Gosnell
James Walsh
Carl Perkins
Erdman Ruse
John Baker
Wally Hanson
Gary Duke Snyder
Charlie Farlow-Melfa, VA
John Dugan
Richard Clark
George Chioran-Westerville, OH
James Brooks
Maurice OConnell
David Dorey
Wallace Miller
Helmer Pearso
Donald Rogers
Robert Stanton
VADM Paul E. Trimble, USCG (Ret.) former commander of the USCGC Duane, Palm Harbor, FL - November 16, 2005
Jerry R. Murphy-Portland, Maine - Jan. 22, 2006
Brothers Robert J. Carey (March 9, 2009) and Richard P. Carey (July 21, 2011) served together on the Duane during World War II
Bob Haviland
Bruno Vendramin - June 6, 2007
William OConnor
Sal Astuccio
William Hunt
John Hitchings
Jack Connely-ET Cape Cod, MA
Jack Gardner
Here is a picture of the famous Camel cigarette ad starring Ray Buckner when he was on the Eastwind. He served on the Duane as QMC and many of us knew him. Ray "crossed the bar" on July 17, 2007
Ray Buckner
Richard Cark
Robert Burns
Jack O'Brien
John Hume
Alexander Smith
Thomas Bernier
Roger Erdmann
Rick Moison
Harry Hays
Ron Golec
Tom Nagle
Joe Brabec
Robert Dyer
Jimmy Jones
Stan Harrold
Ray Smith
Alfred Gonyea
Jerry Rea
George Lofiis
Henry Keene
Lack Levy
Tony Batchelos
Raymond (Harry) Harrison MM2 65-70
Patti Graham (wife of Stew Graham RM2 75-77)
Joanne Smith
Thomas J. Cunningham (79)
Edward Reynolds (Radarman 1953-56?)
Marilyn Yuscavitch 1-6-2015 (wife of Ben)
Cmdr Harry Oldford, XO Served 66 - 68 June 23, 2017
Master Chief Petty Officer John L. Jack Mason Born: August 29, 1923 in Davis Wharf, Virginia.
Died: January 27, 2010 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine Enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1940 retired in 1969
Served on the Duane from 1941-1945.
-Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association
-Chief Petty Officers Association
-Duane Association
-Lightship Sailors Association
Joseph Tavani, Jr., served on the USCG Duane during World War II. Passed away on January 4, 2014 at the age of 92
George William Washburn, passed away in Sandwich on July 30, 2016. George is survived by his wife Regina, a sister Carolyn Washburn of Sandwich and Venice, Florida, and his brother Ernest Washburn and his wife Janice of Plymouth and two nieces and a nephew. George was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, in 1942. Following graduation from Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, Massachusetts, George joined the United States Coast Guard and served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Duane for almost three years performing search and rescue and weather patrol. He then spent two years stationed at the Cape Cod Canal Station in Sandwich. George was employed by the New England Deaconess Hospital as a Medical equipment tech in the Engineering Department for 23 years. He later retired from Cape Cod Academy after nine years. George was certified as a dental lab technician and held several certifications in medical and surgical equipment and patient equipment maintenance. George enjoyed researching his family history and was instrumental in early computerized genealogical research on the internet. He wrote many articles on the Coast Guard and has been published in nautical magazines and periodicals. He was a volunteer at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable, Massachusetts, for several years. George was a member of the Coast Guard Cutter Duane Association and the National Air and Space Museum and is listed on the Museums Wall of Honor.
Fran Lavacchia Fran was a WW2 vet rean on the Duane. He can be seenescorting a German sun sailor down the starbord side of the Dunae after the Duane and Spencer sank German sub U-75. See this picture, click here.
I am Dennis C. (Woody) Holtz, middle son of Capt. Edward W. Holtz, who commanded the Duane in 1949 -1950. Capt. Holtz began his career in his beloved Coast Guard in 1923, as an AB seaman aboard the Cutter Shawnee. A yeoman, he transferred to the CGC Bear-the sail and steam barkentine, for the ship's 1925 patrol of the Bearing Sea. 35 years later, Holtz retired as a captain. He died in 1982.
Thomas E. Grabowski - ET2 - 69-72- Duane Association Treasurer
Thomas Eugene Grabowski, 68, of Level Green, went to be with the Lord on August 16, 2017 after a long and brave battle with CNS Lymphoma. He was born on December 15, 1948 in New Kensington, PA, a son of the late Walter and Bertha Grabowski. Tom served in the United States Coast Guard on the USS Duane WHEC-33 from 1969-1972. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1979. He was employed as a field service technician with various employers until his return to the United States Coast Guard where he retired as a civilian marine electrician in 2014. He enjoyed taking vacations to the Outer Banks and was an avid history buff. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 34 years, Victoria Grabowski; 3 children, Gwendolyn (Gary) Hanson of Canal Fulton, OH, Rachael (A.B.) Osborne of Fairborn, OH and Daniel Grabowski (Keri Sullivan) of Level Green; 1 granddaughter, Evelyn Cedar Osborne; 5 siblings, numerous nieces, nephews, friends and Coast Guard shipmates.
Updated :8/17/17