The 83 foot cutters served during WW II and after
the war ended. They were designed for off-shore ASW patrol. Sixty
took part in the Normandy D-day invasion as rescue craft. Another
served in the Pacific. After the war ended sixty-one served in the USA as
SAR and harbor entrance patrol cutters.
The web pages on the left provide information and
pictures about these roles.
|Many Sailors have asked "What
happened to my cutter?" The Post WW II page lists the fate of a
handful of cutters as "civilians" . Mark Sublette has provided us with
an interesting story (with pictures) of the civilian fate of the 83499.
Click here to
read the story.
Wheeler Interim Report, c
Provided by Jack Parker, 83331
WW II Poster
Provided by Ken Sutherland
WW II CG83464 Model
(Narrated by John Estep)
|The “Ultimate Tribute” can
be expressed in many ways. Mostly it is dedicated to an eternal
visual, representing the life of some one, or some thing, to
remind us, and those who come after us, of the remarkable events
and actions of that recipient.
One of the least recognized, yet one of the most significant,
of the vessels that participated in actions during WW2, part of
a Group called “THE MATCHBOX FLEET”, because of their
nomenclature of being wooden boats powered by gasoline engines,
and operated by a Service that had been doing things of a
remarkable nature since 1790, the UNITED STATES COAST GUARD.
These 83 Foot Patrol Boats, 60 of which served on D-DAY, JUNE 6,
1944, have been all but forgotten, as those sailors, who were
part of the crews, slowly cross the bar taking their memories
with them. That is, until now.
JACK READ, of Dubois, Pa., is one of those who participated
in “OPERATION OVERLORD”, the invasion at Normandy, D-Day,
June 6, 1944, on board CG-83464, otherwise designated “CG-43”
of “Flotilla 1“ out of Poole, England. Jack was a “Motor
Mach”, as they were called in those days, or MoMM as the
Rating went, later to be designated “Engineman, EN” and
today, MK, or Machinery Technician.
These 83 footers were outfitted to be warships, with deck
armament and anti-submarine depth charges. The more notable
duties during D-Day, that these vessels accomplished, was Search
& Rescue, and that they did, saving the lives of 1437 men
and one woman during the few days of that invasion so long ago,
just off a beach so far away. In spite of their configuration
and their volatile explosive nature, there isn’t any record of
any of them exploding from a direct hit from enemy fire. They
suffered more damage from the weather, and being in such close
proximity to the beach, than anything.
CG-83464, or CG-43, served well after the war and was finally
decommissioned in the early 1960’s. But Jack Read never forgot
the “464” as he refers to her, and decided to do something
about those memories from so long ago and so far away.
BILL WALDORF, a Master Model Craftsman from Jacksonville,
Florida, well known in Modeling Circles, and builder of many
Museum Quality ships and vessels, got together with Jack Read.
Jack, now 88, was on a mission to preserve the CG-83464 in a
1/24 scale model form, that would depict as closely to reality
as possible, his beloved “464” during his years aboard her.
Jack found in Bill Waldorf a meticulous craftsman, devoted to
detail, and, along with some photos of other 83’s of the era
and Jack’s vivid memory, perfected an astonishing model of the
“464” in all her battle dress and glory. One can only look
at the “464” and the feeling of wanting to go aboard and
check her out will overwhelm the onlooker.
Although there are other models of the 83 footer, and an
actual full sized operational 83 footer, this is the only
wartime configured CG 83 footer in existence as either a Model
or full sized Cutter. Pictures supplied by Bill and Jack,
especially an original picture of an 83 footer in battle dress,
compared to Jack’s Model of the CG-83646 (CG-43) is a
phenomenal likeness. Accompanying this prolog is a series of
photos of Jack’s Model as she was being built, including some
originals of Jack, the “464” after the war, and his 83
footer during the war.
The words “THANK YOU” hardly seems appropriate for Bill
Waldorf and Jack Read for their efforts in a project that will
no doubt stand as the “ULTIMATE TRIBUTE” for all time.
SEMPER PARATUS, Jack & Bill.
Model Pics by Jack Read
(Click Pic to Enlarge)