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Grand Haven in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Escanaba Memorial Park

 
 
Escanaba Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 11, 2015
1. Escanaba Memorial Park Marker
Inscription. Grand Haven remembers and honors the United States Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba at Escanaba Memorial Park. Based in Grand Haven from 1932 to 1942, the Escanaba embarked on many Great Lakes rescue and ice-breaking missions. The vessel left for service in World War II, and was torpedoed in the North Atlantic on June 13, 1943, with 101 crewmembers lost and 2 surviving. Grand Haven channeled its grief into raising over $1,000,000 in war bonds for a replacement cutter. The Escanaba's original wooden mast is a soaring memorial in the park where Coast Guard Festival ceremonies honor the service and lost crewmen of the Coast Guard vessel.
 
Location. 43° 3.605′ N, 86° 14.469′ W. Marker is in Grand Haven, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker can be reached from South Harbor Drive west of Y Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This marker is located in Escanaba Park, very near the waterfront, along the riverfront boardwalk that extends along the south side of the Grand River. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Haven MI 49417, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of the Coast Guard Men and Women (a few steps from this marker); To The Enlisted Men of the United States Coast Guard
Escanaba Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 11, 2015
2. Escanaba Memorial Park Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing the cutter Escanaba entering the port of Grand Haven for the first time in 1932.
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Boardwalk (within shouting distance of this marker); Escanaba Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipwrecks and the Coast Guard / The Escanaba (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Trunk Depot (approx. half a mile away); Khardomah Lodge / Susan Hill Yerkes (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grand Haven.
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Escanaba Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 11, 2015
3. Escanaba Memorial Park Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing people coming to Escanaba Memorial Park.
Escanaba Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 11, 2015
4. Escanaba Memorial Park Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an undated photograph showing the crewmen of the Escanaba.
Escanaba Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 11, 2015
5. Escanaba Memorial Park Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing the dedication ceremony of Escanaba Memorial Park, on May 30, 1944.
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By Dale K. Benington, September 11, 2015
6. Escanaba Memorial Park Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing the dedication of a commemorative plaque to William R. Loutit in Escanaba Memorial Park c.1938.
Escanaba Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 11, 2015
7. Escanaba Memorial Park Marker
View, looking east, of the marker at a split in the walkways, in Escanaba Memorial Park.
Escanaba Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 11, 2015
8. Escanaba Memorial Park Marker
View. looking east, of the marker with the Escanaba's original wooden mast in the background, serving as a soaring memorial to the cutter Escanaba.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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