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Harrowing night of heroism remembered

Coast Guardsman Bernie Webber helped rescue the crew of an oil tanker that sank off Chatham in 1952. Webber died at age 80 Saturday in in Florida home. Coast Guardsman Bernie Webber helped rescue the crew of an oil tanker that sank off Chatham in 1952. Webber died at age 80 Saturday in in Florida home. (US Coast Guard)
By Bryan Marquard
Globe Staff / January 29, 2009

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Strapping himself to the wheel of a 36-foot motorized lifeboat, wind and snow whipping his face, Bernie Webber steered through Chatham Harbor's rough waves early on the evening of Feb. 18, 1952. Ahead in the swirling storm floated part of the Pendleton, an oil tanker that had split apart in a northeaster. (Full article: 936 words)

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