Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Vacation Part 6: U.K. James and U.S.S. Taney - Soogie the Dog Mascot

Soogie the Taney's Mascot
This is part 2 of the tour through the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney ship that survived the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. James and I took a walk through the inside of the ship and learned about a special mascot! 

Main deck of the US CGC Tane
Soogie was aboard the U.S.
The radio room
Story of Soogie!
Coast Guard Cutter Taney from 1937 to 1948, including the ship’s lengthy WWII combat career.

Good advice
  Soogie was featured in a book called "Sinbad of the Coast Guard" by George Foley Jr. (I ordered it on Amazon!). The Book summary:
This is the adventurous, true story of Sinbad, mascot of the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell during World War II, whose exploits became legend. Although famous to thousands of people in many nations, Sinbad was happiest at sea, treading the decks of the sleek Campbell, where he was treated as just another member of the crew. He slept and ate his chow with the men and even had his own battle station. Battles and hurricanes never dulled his love of standing on the heaving deck with spray breaking over his wiry body. To Coast Guardsmen on the Campbell and all over the world he was real hero. This new edition, the first in 60 years, includes photos of Sinbad and an introduction by Mike Walling, author of Bloodstained Sea, The U.S. Coast Guard in the Battle of the Atlantic 1941-1944.
Turn around, James!

GOING DOWN A DECK - From the upper deck there were instructions to turn around and go down stairs backwards (which didn't sit well with me, because I have a fear of heights, AND the stairs were open!). 
Hallway below deck

According to Historicships.org, from 1977 until 1986, TANEY carried out search and rescue duties, fisheries patrols in the North Atlantic, drug interdiction patrols in the Caribbean, and summer training cruises for the Coast Guard Academy. During this period she made 11 major seizures of illegal drug including a 1985 bust which netted 160 tons of marijuana – the largest in US history.
On 7 December 1986, after more than 50 years of continuous service, TANEY was decommissioned at Portsmouth, Virginia, and donated to the City of Baltimore to serve as a memorial and museum.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next