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Duluth in St. Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Edgar A. Culbertson


Edgar A. Culbertson BM1 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
1. Edgar A. Culbertson BM1 Marker
Inscription. This plaque is dedicated by the people of Duluth to the memory of a fellow citizen, Coast Guard Boatswains Mate First Class, Edgar A. Culbertson, who on the night of April 30, 1967 gave his life attempting to rescue three teen-age brothers stranded on this pier during a severe storm. His great sacrifice is an enduring example of his devotion to duty and compassion for his fellow man.
Erected by the people of Duluth.
Location. 46° 46.795′ N, 92° 5.5′ W. Marker is in Duluth, Minnesota, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Canal Park Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is east of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, set on a concrete pedestal on the north wall of the north breakwater pier. Marker is in this post office area: Duluth MN 55802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lewis G. Castle (here, next to this marker); Dedicated to Davis Helberg (a few steps from this marker); United States Merchant Marine / U.S. Navy Armed Guard (a few steps from this marker); Northwoods Sailors (within shouting distance of this marker); McDougall Patent Anchor
Edgar A. Culbertson Marker & North Pier Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
2. Edgar A. Culbertson Marker & North Pier
(within shouting distance of this marker); Capstan (within shouting distance of this marker); Modern Ship Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Duluth.
Also see . . .
1. Duluth Remembers Massive Storm. (Submitted on October 1, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
2. Coast Guard Medal Award Citations. "CULBERTSON, Edgar Allen, Boatswain’s Mate First Class, USCG (Posthumous Award) Date of Action: 30 April 1967 Date of Award: 17 August 1967 For heroism on the evening of April 30, 1967 while engaged in searching..." (Submitted on June 14, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 
Additional comments.
1. (This comment only shown to person who submitted it, and to the editor.)
I am from Duluth, MN; born and raised. Just thought I would let you know I was down at the canal when the Halverson brothers drowned in april of 1967. I saw them that day, all 3 brothers running on the pier jumping the waves. I turned my head for a moment and
The Three Brothers Chapel Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
3. The Three Brothers Chapel
Located at 230 East Skyline Parkway in Duluth.
they were gone. I remember telling my mother that they were gone. She didn't seem too think much of it. I remember thinking where could they have gone so fast. I was 8 yrs old at the time. We were parked down by the canal at the time watching the storm. Just thought I would let you know.

    — Submitted June 10, 2008.

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Plaque at Chapel Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
4. Plaque at Chapel
From the First United Methodist Church website: The loss of the Halverson brothers, Eric, Arthur, and Nathan, in Lake Superior on a stormy night in April of 1967--brought support from across the community and the gift of the remarkable Three Brothers Chapel.
Plaque at Chapel Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
5. Plaque at Chapel
Dedicated to the memory of Eric, Arthur and Nathan Halverson, teenagers of this congregation, who were swept from the north pier of the Duluth Harbor entrance during a strong northeaster on Sunday evening April 30, 1967... and to the memory of Coastguardsman Edgar Culbertson who lost his life that same night while, with two shipmates, making a courageous but vain search for the boys at the far end of the wave-pounded pier. "Greater love hath no man than this...." --John 15:13
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,912 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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