September 1918 was a bad month for the Coast Guard, September 17 to 26, a particularly bad week. In that week, the service lost 122 men in two incidents. Eleven were lost out of the crew of the Cutter Seneca in an attempt to save the steam ship Wellington, and 111 Coast Guardsmen, along with 20 others, were lost when the Tampa was torpedoed and sank with all hands.
Photo: Cutter Seneca (1908)
Here is a story about the memorial to these men at the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, and efforts by the DC Chapter of the Chief Petty Officers’ Association to honor them.
Photo: Crew members of the cutter Tampa