When I read the headline "Coast Guard honors rescue attempt in which seven people lost their lives 45 years ago" it made me pause. Although I was only seven years old, I remember the incident.Mostly, though, I remember growing up with Bert, Paul and Paula Bergman, whose father drowned that night. Twins Paul and Paula were in my class, and Bert - a year older - was in my brother's class.
The loss of so many lives and so many boats that night makes it an unforgettable chapter in the history of the graveyard of the Pacific. Whenever stories are told of the shipwrecks here at the mouth of the Columbia that January night in 1961 is always remembered.
Living here my whole life, with the Pacific Ocean and Coast Guard as neighbors, I have a deep respect for both. While I don't mean to diminish the sacrifice and heroism of the Coast Guardsmen, both past and present, the thing that most struck me about the article was that there was not one mention of the names of the two fisherman aboard the Mermaid that night. They were brothers Stanley and Bert Bergman.