August 11 - 2006: Harwich Vietnam vet gives Coast Guard his land

1892: Watching for blackfish to make a little money
The Bronze Star award ceremony for BMC Richard Patterson aboard a buoy tender in Danang, Viet Nam in 1966 with inset of Lt. David Brostrom as a Coast Guard Academy Cadet.

2006: Harwich Vietnam Vet gives his land to Coast Guard

His gift included eight acres of land, a main house and two apartment buildings

On this day in 2006, 27-year Coast Guard member and Vietnam veteran  dedicated his land to the Coast Guard during a ceremony scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Friday in Harwich.

Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Mark McKenney has officially decreed roughly eight acres of land in West Harwich, Mass., including a main house and two apartment buildings, to the Coast Guard to be used in the future for housing and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) purposes.

The dedication will occur on the 40th anniversary of the first two Coast Guard members who were killed in Vietnam aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Point Welcome, where McKenney served as a gunners mate...

1892: Hundreds of blackfish come ashore, sustain the winter economy here

Average small whale 15-18 feet, weighs 1,000 lbs with 10-15 barrels of oil

The newspaper story below recounts a series of groundings by hundreds of small whales, or blackfish, on Cape Cod in 1892.

Blackfish were too small to be hunted by whalers, but when they came ashore here harvesting the meat and oil was infinitely easily, and helped get many Cape Cod families through the winter. 

The story below is typical of the era, and we have a story about the same event a half century ago in Wellfleet.

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