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On the night of October 11, 1896 in hurricane force winds, one crew known as the Pea Island Surfmen accomplished the impossible. Led by Keeper Richard Etheridge, this historic all black crew etched themselves into history rescuing stranded sailors whose ships had succumbed to the harsh Atlantic. Rescue Men is the story of the men that manned the Pea Island Life-Saving Station on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Due to the heroics and accomplishments of these brave men and others like them in the U.S. Life-Saving Service, we now have what is called “The United States Coast Guard.”

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Comment by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 29, 2010 at 11:14am
Very inspirational! Another great example of how history is frequently formed by those who have had to battle for respect and recognition - minorities, women, disabled people. It shows us that we are all capable of great courage if we reach inside ourselves.

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