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U.S. Life-Saving Service Patch

By October 8, 2019January 31st, 2023News

August 30, 2019

Ernie Eldredge (USN) presents his cousin Rebecca Locklear with their great-grandfather’s U.S. Life-Saving Service patch.

Ernest “Skipper” Eldredge was a surfman who helped rescue crew and passengers on stranded or sinking ships in Chatham, MA between 1898 and 1913. (The U.S. Life-Saving Service was the forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard.) Both Ernie and Rebecca knew their grandfather when they were young. Rebecca was “honored and thrilled” and has a special place at home for the patch.

Rebecca’s new book for teachers and students is called, Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service:  17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities (for grades 4-12).

It can be found on Amazon, Teachers Pay Teachers (digitally) or from these local bookstores:

  • Herringbone Books, OR
  • Yellow Umbrella Books, MA
  • Cape Cod National Seashore, MA
  • Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, MD

Explore early search and rescue!