St. Augustine Seaside resident Ed Trester has a couple of cause to roll the drums today. Trester, who heads the swing and jazz band “E.T. Swing the Factor” which by the years has carried out at native venues on and off the seaside, can also be co-founder of the St. Augustine Jazz Society, a neighborhood group that helps highschool college students obtain music scholarships.
He traces his love of music again to the Large Band Period. Whereas in highschool in Brooklyn, New York within the 1940’s he started enjoying the drums, and admits, after greater than 8 many years, “the beat goes on!”
Trester just lately realized that he’ll quickly be awarded the Gold Medal Bar from the Congress of america for his contributions throughout World Warfare II as a U. S. Service provider Marine.
Now 94 years previous, Trester, who has resided in St. Augustine Seaside because the early Nineteen Eighties, recalled his wartime experiences.
“I dropped out of highschool in 1943 whereas World Warfare II was raging,” he defined. My thought was to turn into a sailor, be part of the Navy and ‘see the world’, however the Navy wouldn’t have me. They instructed me I used to be too younger and to return to high school.”
Upset, Trester sought an alternative choice. He utilized, was accepted and shortly started coaching as a Service provider Marine at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, New York. The job of the Service provider Navy was to hold very important troops, meals, gasoline and gear to wherever wanted within the battle towards the Axis alliance of Germany, Italy and Japan.
His work as a deckhand throughout his 6 years as a Service provider Marine earned him Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific Warfare Zone medals. As a result of the Service provider Marine was not designated as a navy department, its veterans didn’t obtain the G.I. Invoice and different advantages given to designated branches of the U.S. navy, despite the fact that that service recorded one of many highest wartime casualties of different providers.
Trester’s Service provider Marine recollections and people of others in that service are instructed within the guide “Torpedoed for Life” which he co-authored with one other Service provider Marine, H. Gerald Starnes, in 2013. Starnes, who resided in Crescent Seaside, died in St. Augustine on the age of 88 in 2015.
On March 14, 2020, President Trump signed laws authorizing the “Congressional Gold Medal for American service provider mariners whose honorable deeds have been essential to U.S. and Allied targets and supreme success in World Warfare II.” The Congressional Gold Medal Bar is likely one of the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. Congress.
Trester isn’t certain when he’ll obtain the award. He was notified that will probably be offered by Rep. Michel Waltz on a date to be decided. Within the meantime, the native musician will proceed his “drum rolls” whereas ready for COVID-19 restrictions to loosen so he and his band might resume performances.
Proper whales seen alongside the coast
That is the time of the 12 months when pregnant North Atlantic proper whales journey from the Bay of Fundy to hotter waters in coastal areas of Georgia and Florida to provide delivery. The North Atlantic proper whale is likely one of the most endangered of all giant whales. It’s now principally discovered alongside the Atlantic coast of North America. The whales can develop between 45 and 55 toes and weigh as much as 70 tons. Proper whales can dwell 50 or 60 years and are sluggish to breed.
Proper whales proceed their annual migration to southern waters normally by March. Calves are born at about 2,000 kilos and 15 toes lengthy. They can not maintain their breath lengthy, in order that they and their moms should spend extra time on the floor whereas in Florida.
A pair of proper whales was seen off Crescent Seaside final week.
Observers initially thought they have been starting their journey again north, however the pair made a U-turn, crossed Matanzas Inlet and headed towards Marineland. A number of extra mother-calf pairs have been sighted within the Ponte Vedra waters. The native sighting rely stood at 9 final week.
How you can whale watch
Proper whales may be noticed from the seaside and by those that reside in oceanfront buildings with unobstructed views. A pair of excellent binoculars is useful. The migrating whales are sometimes within the firm of dolphins, normally with sea birds hovering overhead. Proper whales spout a V-shaped spray of water, don’t have any dorsal fin, and their tails are black on either side. They’ve a novel sample of whitish patches of raised and roughened pores and skin known as callosities on high of their heads. These callosities assist scientists to determine each.
Anybody recognizing a proper whale in native waters is requested to name the Marine Assets Council’s Proper Whale Hotline at 1-888-979-4253.
Members of USCG Flotilla 14-7 Officers and Awards
Members of U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 14-7, St. Augustine, held a digital assembly on January 7 throughout which officers have been elected and others have been appointed for 2021. Officers embody Carmen Gautille, Flotilla Commander and Sean Flynn, Vice-Flotilla Commander. Others embody Invoice Candeletti, Henry Seiden, Richard Garro, Abe L Lopez De Queralta, Neil Rattrie, Don Hurry, David Patrick, Lyn McClelland, Steve Parsons, Bob Eliott, and Georgia Younger
Throughout that assembly Gautille acknowledged a number of awards earned by 14-7 members together with the Auxiliary Commandant’s Letter of Commendation and U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Group Commendation, two of the very best awards accessible to auxiliarists, given for excellent particular person achievement. A bunch award of group achievements supporting the US Coast Guard and the Auxiliary missions was additionally offered to seven flotilla members.
Recipients embody Elizabeth Elliott, Maxine (Libby) Rattrie (2 awards), Abelardo Lopez-de Queralta, Henry Seiden, William Candeletti, Harry Shields, Charles Elliott.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer part of the U.S. Coast Guard and helps the Coast Guard in practically all its service missions. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939.
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