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Memorial Set for Petty Officer Travis Obendorf

Petty Officer Travis Obendorf, who died in a Seattle hospital on December 18 as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska, was honored January 30th at a memorial on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California. The Coast Guard Foundation joins the Coast Guard community and Petty Officer Obendorf's family in mourning his loss. We are supporting Petty Officer Obendorf's family, friends and shipmates in a variety of ways.

To help support the Foundation's efforts or to give a gift in memory of Petty Officer Obendorf, follow this link.


Petty Officer Travis Obendorf, photo courtesy of the Cutter WAESCHE.

In addition to supporting the memorial service, The Foundation will also contribute to travel accommodations for five crew members who worked closely with Petty Officer Obendorf when he was stationed in Boston, as well as assist with travel for extended family members who are not eligible for Coast Guard assistance.

From the Coast Guard's official release:

At the time of his injury, Waesche personnel were conducting small boat operations to assist the disabled fishing vessel Alaska Mist with 22 mariners aboard. During the first transfer of passengers, Obendorf was injured while recovering the small boat. A Coast Guard helicopter crew transported him to Cold Bay for a commercial medevac to Anchorage and further medical care. Obendorf's family arrived in Anchorage shortly thereafter. He was then transferred to Swedish Hospital Dec. 6 for continued medical care.

"Petty Officer Obendorf's sacrifice reminds us once again the dangers the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard face every day to keep Americans safe," said Coast Guard Foundation President Anne B. Brengle. "We join the Coast Guard community in mourning the loss of Petty Officer Obendorf, and hope that our support will provide comfort to his family and fellow shipmates."


Comments (2)

  1. Good bye my young Brother. I am your brother, though we have never met face to face. We are brothers, for we have sailed the same troubled waters in the Coast Guard. I am profoundly sad at your suffering and passing; while at the same time so very proud of you for upholding the Coast Guard tradition I lived bye: "We have to go out; we do not have to come back." and "That others may live." Young brother, you have made the ultimate sacrifice for your nation, those in peril on the sea and our beloved Coast Guard. If I be found worthy; look forward to one day meeting you in the great beyond. I will salute you, shake your hand an then hug you strongly. We are diminished by your loss. We are proud of your faithful devotion. May God grant you calm seas and fair winds, on your journey to be with our other hero's that have gone before us.
  2. I truly have sailed the same waters of Alaska as an enlisted man, " Electronic Tech. 3rd Class " World War 2, 1945--46 . At times the sea was more than just troubled but wild and untamed with our small vessels reminding one of the prayer " Oh Lord, your sea is so vast and my craft so small ". My family and I salute you and feel kinship even though we have never met.