A Coast Guard crew that helped rescue 13 Navy aviators from the Pacific Ocean was honored in Elizabeth City Thursdayy -- nearly 30 years its daring effort.
The team was part of a C-1-30 crew that was based in Alaska at
the time but is now assigned to Elizabeth City, which is why the ceremony was held in North Carolina. The crew rescued the Navy fliers after their aircraft went down in the northern Pacific off the coast of the former Soviet Union on October 26th, 1978.
The vice commandant of the Coast Guard presented medals to seven
of the eight crew members -- who are now retired -- and said the
ceremony was long overdue. The eighth crew member was unable to
attend and will get his medals later.
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