Navy Veterans, Ed Mann of Richmond, Va., and Pete Diegel of Annapolis, Md., came up to New Jersey to present Patriots’ Path Council’s Sea Scout Ship 243, with a $500.00 donation from the Combatant Craft Crewman Association.
On July 2, Ship 243, invited them to take a cruise with the crew, aboard The Seahorse, to the Statue of Liberty. The Seahorse is a 65-foot, Mark 1, retired war vessel that was donated to the Sea Scouts from the US Navy.
Sea Scouts Gavin Mayes and Ryan Mayes of Chatham; Boatswain Joe Gorringe of Linden, James Brown of Sewarren and Jeremy Quintela of Springfield along with their Skipper, Robert Meseck of Brick and Mates, Keenan Gorringe of Linden, Janice and Jerry Brown of Sewarren, and Elayne Mayes of Chatham, and Bill Kerber from Staten Island, NY, were invited to spend the day with these Vets.
Mann served in the SBU 24, on the sister ship to the Seahorse, and shared stories with the scouts on what is was like to be on her during his service. Mann served in Beruit and Grenada. Pete Diegel, a retired Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9), served over 20 years, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will (The Tanker Wars in Iran) and Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Diegel was also a Sea Scout on the SSS Chaser, Ship 90 in Napa, CA. He was the ship's Bosun and in 1981, earned the rank of Quartermaster, which is equivalent to Eagle in Boy Scouts.
The Sea Scouts gave Mann and Diegel certificates of gratitude for their service along with patches of the Seahorse. Skipper Meseck and Mate Keenan were also Sea Scouts on ship 243, back in the 70’s.
The Patriots Path Council Sea Scout Base is located in Linden, NJ. There are two ships: Ship 228, The Sea Dart II, a retired Army T Boat, which is sponsored by the Rahway Yacht Club, and Ship 243, The Seahorse which is sponsored by the Rahway Elks Lodge 1075. Sea Scouts is a coed venture crew opened to boys and girls ages 14 to 21.