The Coast Guard will hold a remembrance ceremony at the Atlantic City Cemetery in Pleasantville at 10 a.m. Sunday. The ceremony is to formally recognize the efforts performed by members of Station Atlantic City, N.J., during a search and rescue mission on March 6, 1932, when only one of the six rescuers survived the mission.
On that day, southern New Jersey was feeling the effects of a nor’easter, which brought to the area 60-knot winds and rain mixed with snow. The crew of Station Atlantic City received a distress call that the fishing vessel Anna, underway in a nearby fishing area, was lost.
The commanding officer of the station took two of his surfmen and launched aboard a 30-foot wooden boat to respond. While still on their way to the fishing area, the boat capsized. Employees at the Steel Pier, a nearby amusement area, saw the men in the water and reported the accident to the station. The commanding officer made it ashore and was hospitalized for days before he recovered.
Going to the aid of their crewmates, three more surfmen launched aboard a 28-foot power surfboat. After entering the 18-foot seas, the surfboat and its crew were never seen or heard from again. The body of William R. Garton, 19, was the only one that was recovered.