NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)- A somber anniversary for the Coast Guard, it’s been 67 years since the Coast Guard Cutter, Eastwind sunk in the cold waters of the Atlantic Coast.
It was on January 19, 1949 the icebreaker hit a tanker, and sunk, killing 13 people. Today members of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound gathered to remember the incident.
One of the people killed was Engineman 3rd Class Robert Emmett Connors, who was 19-years-old at the time, and died trying to save a friend. Every year his high school sweetheart remembers him at that ceremony. Today, she presented flowers at the ceremony.
Connors graduated from East Haven High School in 1947, and attended the Coast Guard’s Engineman School in Groton.