by Linda Veath
In January 1943, German U-Boat 632 fired two torpedoes at the Coast Guard Cutter INGHAM, both of which missed, thanks to inclimate weather that day. According to INGHAM lore, she fired a depth charge at that same U-Boat, which also missed—and all sailors lived to fight another day.
Fast forward to August 1988, in Portsmouth, Virginia, at the decommissioning ceremony for the INGHAM. At the time, she was the most decorated ship in the United States fleet, and military dignitaries had gathered, along with current and former sailors, to bid the ship farewell.