September 1918, Seneca and Tampa

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.

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers (1918). U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Photo: Crew members of the cutter Tampa

Previous posts about the loss of the Tampa before, here and here.

1 thought on “September 1918, Seneca and Tampa

  1. Two crewmen of Tampa were found and buried in England. One was identified by the Coast Guard’s newly instituted identify “dog” tag. It consisted of a monel disk with a photo engraved finger print. The other was not identified.

    In 1917, the cutter Yamacraw lost ten men during a rescue attempt.

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