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ISS1 2018

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on the crest of the roller, the surfboat sped toward the beach and, without any added effort by the crew, landed high and dry without spilling out any of the 15 occupants. The Cape Horn rescue proved a complete success. In addition to bringing back the schooner's eight men alive, the Brazos crew skillfully maneuvered their surfboat onto the beach without serious damage to the craft. In its Annual Report for 1920, the Treasury Department noted: "The rescue of the crew of the water-logged schooner Cape Horn on September 16, 1919, by the crew of Coast Guard Station No. 222 (coast of Texas) affords an instance of wreck service in which superb surfmanship, added to dogged grit, overcame well-nigh insuperable difficulties and brought success to a hazardous effort." For their death-defying feat, the Brazos crew received a commendation from Coast Guard commandant William Reynolds, in which he wrote, "The conduct of all who embarked upon this perilous enterprise appears to have been deserving of high praise, and I take great pleasure in commending all concerned for the gallantry displayed." The privately run American Cross of Honor Society awarded the men the prestigious Grand Cross Medal for this act of "unusual heroism." And, in 1921, the men received the Silver Life-Saving Medal from the Coast Guard. This was only the second time in Service history that Hispanic-American lifesavers had received the award. The Florida Keys Hurricane of September 1919 was one of the deadliest in Texas history. It heavily damaged the Brazos Station and leveled the Coast Guard Station at nearby Aransas, Texas. In addition to the scores of victims lost in the Gulf, hundreds of men, women and children lost their lives along the flooded Texas coast. Pablo Valent went on to a successful career in the Coast Guard. In 1935, he took command of the Brazos Station (Port Isabel, Texas), becoming the Service's first Hispanic- American station commander. In 1940, Valent retired after 28 years of service in the Coast Guard, and he passed away in 1969 at the age of 77. Today, his memory lives on as the namesake of Sector Corpus Christi's new headquarters building, Valent Hall, and his name will also grace one of the service's new fast response cutters. � a t ype " e " 36-foot motor surfboat similar to the one used by the Brazos Station crew to rescue the crew of the schooner Cape Horn in 1919. Coast Guard Collection Headstone of Pablo Valent at the Buena Vista Burial Park in Brownsville, t exas. "CBM" refers to an older abbreviation of the rank of chief boatswains' mate . Courtesy of Lionel a lva, Jr. 34 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2018

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