With this being Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, it’s only fitting that we take some time out to honor those servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Back in 1980, the US Coast Guard cutter ‘Blackthorn’ collided with the freighter Capricorn in the mouth of Tampa Bay, killing 23 crew members. This was one of the deadliest disasters in Coast Guard history and a moment of Tampa Bay history that will never be forgotten.
A local military museum has now built an exhibit that enshrines the ship’s bell for visitors to see and remember the sacrifice made that dark night.
The article also happens to have been the first written by my wife Rhonda for the St. Petersburg Times . Way to go, Rhonda.