Bernie Webber, the famous Coast Guardsman who led the rescue of the SS Pendleton crew, and whose story was told in the movie The Finest Hours, had a long career marked by numerous other rescues.
He always considered this story one of the most astonishing. If Bernie couldn’t handle a DUKW, ***few can. (Click here for story.)
(Excerpted from Two Tankers Down: The Wreck of the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer)
***Editor’s Note: The name “DUKW” is a manufacturer’s code based on D indicating the model year, 1942; U referring to the body style, utility (amphibious); K for all-wheel drive; and W for dual rear axles.