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Seaman Apprentice William H. Graves - Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 24° 37.940 W 082° 55.194
17R E 305667 N 2725594
Quick Description: Coast Guard Seaman who lost his life building the pier with is now his memorial.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 6/14/2017 4:08:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMVZ3Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
Views: 1

Long Description:

County of pier: Monroe County
Location of pier: Loggerhead Key - Dry Tortugas
Directions: Dry Tortugas are approx. 70 SW of Key West, FL. Loggerhead Key is west of Garden key which holds Fort Jefferson National park.
Memorial Erected by: United States Coast Guard

Marker Text:

SEAMAN APPRENTICE
WILLIAM H. GRAVES

16 November 1955    6 June 1975
Seaman on the Coast Guard Construction Tender ANVIL who lost his life while completing construction of this pier. His work was of the sea and he died on her beaches just before sunset.


Seaman Graves grave site is also on this island. A small cemetery plot with 5 graves, some from WWII era is here and he is in it.

The Coast Guard no longer runs the lighthouse or the island, and anyone can visit...just getting a taxi is kind of tough. Boats cannot use the pier to tie up. They must anchor off shore and either wade in or skiff in. Lighthouse is now digital and tended by volunteers during the summer months.

Marker Number: 0

Date: 1976

County: Monroe

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: United States Coast Guard

Website: Not listed

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