"THERE'S A PHI IN THE PICTURE"
the center of the picture, as a matter of fact! He is Ward Weimar, Dartmouth '44, shown with
the others of the crew of CGR }oyo as they stepped off the that carried them to New York
after their rescue.
There Was a Phi Aboard
By WILTERDING, /.awrence '23
has often been said that where
things of great moment are happening you'll usually find a Phi on hand.
This has been borne out on countless
occasions in times of peace as well as in
war and we are strongly inclined to put
some credence in the statement.
Recent evidence of the fidelity of this
"tradition" was had shortly before Christmas, when the press of the nation electrified the world with a thrilling story
of high adventure aboard the Zaida, a
58-foot former pleasure yacht which had
been converted to wartime service as the
Coast Guard Reserve 3oyo, doing picket
duty along the Atlantic coast off Nantucket. The official announcements told
of an amazing battle of men against the
sea which began on December and
wasn't finally won until 21 days (and
3,100 miles) later.
The little boat was caught in a terrific
storm and badly crippled, without sail
and with salt-watered gasoline rendering
her auxiliary engine useless; without life
raft, which had been lost when the first
blast struck; and with only limited rations aboard. But her crew were stalwart
souls, and by some kind intercession of
Providence none was seriously injured.
Though the crew were all comparatively
raw recruits of but a few months' service,
they behaved like veterans and the log
of those 21 fateful days reveals calm
heroism on the part of all.
During the search for this lost craftone of the most extensive sea hunts in
recent CGR was sighted
(and lost) by aircraft of the Navy and
Army as well as of the R.C.A.F., and by
surface craft of the Navy, Coast Guard
and the British Navy. It was a blimp
which finally located her and stayed overhead until surface craft was summoned
and she was taken in tow to safety. Thus
off Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina, on
December 24 these nine bearded and
storm-tossed heroes were taken to safety,
and, with the compliments of the Navy,
flown to their homes for Christmas.
Surely, we thought, there must have
been a brother Phi mixed up in this
great adventure. And there was! On January 18, in response to the annual call
for the Alumni Contributing Dues Campaign, there came to G.H.Q. a letter writ-