The Island Reporter May 18, 2012
The ex – C GC Mohawk WPG – 78 departed Key West for its today, farewell journey to Lee County. Upon arrival at San Carlos Island on Wednesday, she will be transformed for her final service as aVeterans Memorial Reef in the Gulf of Mexico.
Commissioned in 1935, the US Coast Guard Cutter was assigned to North Atlantic escort operations. She launched 14 attacks against submarine contacts between August 27, 1942 and April 8, 1945. The Mohawk is the last remaining ship of the Battle of the Atlantic. One of her most famous deeds was being the last ship to radio Gen. Dwight D Eisenhower that the weather was clearing for the D-Day invasion.
The Mohawk routed Bowditch point at Fort Myers Beach about 11 A. M. Wednesday and will spend several weeks at San Carlos Island to be cleaned and prepared. A sinking is scheduled for July about 20 miles offshore. Divers and anglers will find her in 19 feet of water near CharlieReef.
Cmdr. Mark Fedor, captain of the current Mohawk, called the plan “an honorable continuation of the legacy of the Mohawk and the United States Coast Guard ”
Dated May 18, 2012