(I had hoped this would happen and was figuring out how to introduce the families. They beat me to it.)
(The daughter of Ray Steele, a seaman rescued from the Pendleton, and the daughter of Bernie Webber, the rescuer, met more than 60 years after the 1952 rescue.)
This week my husband, Joe and I made a Bucket List Trip to Chatham Cape Cod!
We were treated to a personal tour of Coast Guard Station, Lighthouse, beach and everything in Chatham. It was magical for us. Through the Coast Guard we met a wonderful gentleman who is active in the restoration and maintenance of the CG36500, who introduced us to no other than Patty Hamilton, Bernie Webber’s Daughter!! A once in a lifetime meeting that we both will cherish forever. We actually got to board the 36500! I sat where my Daddy sat 64 yrs ago after being rescued!
It was magical! Totally unplanned and worked out to be surreal! For all of us!
Renee Steele Pellegrino
This is Patty Webber Hamilton,(left) and Renee Steele Pellegrino,(right) celebrating our meeting. Her Daddy saved my Daddy. We will be friends forever!