D-Day CG 11 Pictorial
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CG 11(CG83366)
 Poole, England, D-Day and After

 

Pictures by Wilfred 'Bud' Eberhart,SM3/c

 

 

 

                                         

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Used with permission herein

 

Poole, England:  Home port for 60 83ft. USCG Cutters that participated in the Normandy Invasion June 6, 1944.

The crew of the CG 11

U.S. ship sinking off Normandy Beach June 6, 1944

 

 

 

CG 11 taking wounded men to the hospital ship on D-Day

 CG 11 patrolling the  Normandy
 Coast

English ship struck a German mine crossing the English Channel, June, 1944
     

     
Sunken U.S. LST on Normandy Beach on D-Day

Three 83 footers off Omaha Beach

D-Day.  Center of photo shows a U.S. ship sinking.  Notice the small landing craft heading toward the beach
     

     
Four Liberty Ships scuttled astern of one another to form  a breakwater off Normandy Beach June, 1944

CG 11 off Omaha  Beach, 
 Normandy

Bud Eberhart using Semaphore to signal another boat
     

CG 11 tying up to a buoy off Normandy Beach CG 11 mooring in Brest, France with eight crew members. Notice Wahoo painted on splash apron. Poole, England.  Five of the crewmembers went home early.  Lucky me, I had to stay

German Submarine Dens in Brest, France Poole, England.  Shipmate Dave Johnson painting on the comic character WAHOO The entire crew of the CG 11. Yours truly is the one with the white hat. Poole, England
     
 

 
  All the Coast Guardsmen that were in Poole, England will surely remember this pretty lady. She was in charge of the American Red Cross  
 

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62 Years Later

 
     
     
     
 

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420AP_WA_D_Day_Coast_Guard.html

Tuesday, June 6, 2006 Last updated 9:15 p.m. PT

D-Day veteran reunited with his Coast Guard cutter 62 years after invasion

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SEATTLE -- When World War II veteran Wilfred "Bud" Eberhart first logged onto the Internet earlier this year he had no idea this new interest would soon lead to an even more significant discovery: the old wooden Coast Guard cutter he served on during the D-Day invasion.

Five months ago, Eberhart, 84, of Mitchell, Ill., learned that the 83-foot boat had been restored and was one of the few remaining of the 60 cutters that were part of Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla 1. On Tuesday, the 62nd anniversary of the World War II invasion of France, Eberhart spent the day on the deck of his old boat, USCG-11.

"It's a dream come true," Eberhart said after a commemoration on the wharf next to the boat, including a four-shot cannon salute and a wreath dropped into the lake in memory of the Coast Guardsmen who pulled 1,438 injured troops out of the water off Omaha Beach during the landing on June 6, 1944.

The cutter, now painted white instead of wartime gray, has been in Seattle since it was decommissioned in California in 1962. It was bought by Raymond Holland, now 75, converted to a yacht and renamed the Tiburon.

Holland, a retired Boeing electrical technician, had no idea what a rare possession he had until five months ago when a boat restorer, a veterans group and Eberhart all found each other through the Internet.

"It's deep within my heart," Eberhart said on the deck of the CG-11, after flying out with his family for the reunion and commemoration. "You'd be surprised how I feel about this boat. I just can't explain it."

The Tiburon was in dry dock on Lake Union being restored after its most recent mishap - it sank in the lake a few years ago - when one of Eberhart's sons decided to search online for the old Coast Guard cutter about which their father had told so many stories.

Scott Eberhart, 40, of Maryville, Ill., thought his research would turn up some interesting new Web sites for his father to explore.

He typed in the cutter's identification number in a search engine and pictures of the boat just popped up. "I said, 'Dad, you're not going to believe this. I think I found your boat.'"

The former signalman third class said: "I didn't know whether to jump with joy or cry, so I did both."

His thoughts turned quickly to his former shipmates, the last of whom he talked to in 1994.

"I just wish they were here on this boat again," Eberhart said of his 12 fellow crewman and the boat's skipper, who all survived the invasion. "I'm so glad I made it."

He said his old signaling skills are still with him, including Morse Code, which he used to send messages to other vessels during his two-plus years in the Coast Guard after being drafted. "Of course, I'm a little slower on it now than I used to be, but I can still do it," he said.

During a year and a half on the USCG-11, the crew tracked submarines and then pulled dead and injured troops out of the water during the Normandy invasion.

Since the war, Eberhart held various transportation-related jobs, including working as a machinist for the federal government and as a mechanic for a local sheriff's office. Later in life, he was elected to a couple of government offices including township highway commissioner.

Holland was glad to be part of the reunion and enjoyed swapping stories about the boat with one of its former sailors.

"It's a beautiful boat. It's really seaworthy," Holland said.

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On the Internet:

Combatant Craft of America: http://www.combatantcraft.org/

Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association: http://www.aug.edu/libwrw/cgcva/cgcva.htm

Coast Guard Cutters: http://uscg83footers.org/ww-ii.htm