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Hawaii receives second Sentinel-class Coast Guard cutter: The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) arrived in Honolulu Sunday becoming the second of three 154-foot fast response cutters stationed in Hawaii. 

The cutters are designed to patrol coastal regions and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment, including the ability to launch and recover standardized small boats from the stern. The Joseph Gerczak is the second of three Honolulu-based FRCs that will primarily serve the main Hawaiian Islands. 

Joseph Gerczak, the cutter’s namesake, was killed while defending USS LST-66 from Japanese bombers during an American assault on Borgen Bay in New Britain, Dec. 26, 1943. Gerczak was the first to react when the enemy bombing began and shot down two of the attackers before he was fatally wounded by shrapnel from an explosion. By his expert marksmanship, unwavering perseverance, and cool courage in the face of tremendous odds, he contributed to the success of this and previous assault and reinforcement landings during the New Guinea Campaign. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star as well as a presidential unit commendation awarded to the crew of LST-66 for their actions in the battle. Read more

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Hawaii receives second Sentinel-class Coast Guard cutter: The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) arrived in Honolulu Sunday becoming the second of three 154-foot fast response cutters stationed in Hawaii. 

The cutters are designed to patrol coastal regions and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment, including the ability to launch and recover standardized small boats from the stern. The Joseph Gerczak is the second of three Honolulu-based FRCs that will primarily serve the main Hawaiian Islands. 

Hawaii receives second Sentinel-class Coast Guard cutter: The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) arrived in Honolulu Sunday becoming the second of three 154-foot fast response cutters stationed in Hawaii. 

The cutters are designed to patrol coastal regions and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment, including the ability to launch and recover standardized small boats from the stern. The Joseph Gerczak is the second of three Honolulu-based FRCs that will primarily serve the main Hawaiian Islands.