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Coast Guard Commissions Hawaii’s Second Sentinel-class Cutter > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126), Hawaii’s second Sentinel-class cutter, was commissioned into service at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Friday.

Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, presided over the ceremony accepting the second of three 154-foot fast response cutters to be stationed in Hawaii.

The cutter’s sponsor Stella Gerczak, who is Joseph Gerczak’s sister, was also in attendance at the ceremony.

“We are excited to continue the legacy of selfless service to the American people established by Signalman 3rd Class Joseph Gerczak by conducting various Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime safety and security in and around the Hawaiian Islands,” said Lt. Colin McKee, commanding officer of the Joseph Gerczak.

The Joseph Gerczak is the second of three Honolulu-based FRCs that will primarily serve the main Hawaiian Islands. The cutter’s namesake died while defending USS LST-66 from Japanese bombers during an American assault on Borgen Bay in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, Dec. 26, 1943. Gerczak was the first to react when the enemy bombing began and shot down two of the…

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