Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, Coast Guard Auxiliary commemorate Exercise Tiger veterans

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. - Coast Guard members along with World War II Exercise Tiger veterans salute after laying a wreath outside the station in memory of the 1944 attack April 28, 2011. Exercise Tiger was intended to be a training exercise for D-Day operations, but German Navy vessels attacked U.S. Army and Navy forces off the coast of England. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

Post written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., crewmembers, Coast Guard Auxiliary members and World War II veterans of Exercise Tiger laid a wreath at Barnegat Light in memory of the 1944 attack. This event was the 23rd year the crew and veterans have come together at the station to commemorate the attack and the veterans who lost their lives.

Exercise Tiger was intended to be a training exercise for the D-Day invasion. During the exercise, German navy vessels attacked U.S. Army and Navy vessels resulting in the death of more than 900 Americans.

“I really like to spend time with the veterans,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Mark DeBonis, a crewmember at Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J. “Sharing their stories and experiences really keeps things in perspective. They sacrificed a lot for us. My time in the Coast Guard is minuscule in comparison to what they have done for our country.”

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