Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Quebec 182

Greetings,
New recruits that arrived on November 3, 2009 formed as Quebec 182.

Please send letters of encouragement to:

SR (FIRST AND LAST NAME)
RECRUIT COMPANY Q182/Munro Hall
USCG TRACEN CAPE MAY
ONE MUNRO AVE
CAPE MAY NJ 08204-5083

The company commanders for Q182 are BMC Stanton, AMT1 Rosas, YN2 Garcia.

Graduation is scheduled for December 22, 2009.

176 comments:

Rhonda said...

For the families of Quebec 182, please join us on facebook to share stories and pictures of your recruits. You can join at USCG Quebec 182.

You can also get more information and support at:

http://momsofcoastguardbootcamp.blogspot.com/2009/10/oscar-182-cape-may-training-center.html?commentPage=2

quadratic.crescendo said...

Good luck SR Matte! I am so proud of you, and you will always be my best friend in the whole wide world! Keep on truckin'! :)

Westcoastmom said...

Good Luck SR Smith!! Good Luck to your whole team!!! Looking forward to the Quebec 182 blogs...

Rhonda said...

Good luck SR Matte. Your family and friends send you their love and prayers. YOU CAN DO IT!! Keep the faith...Love, Mother Goose

proud dad said...

Good luck SR Patino!!!! stay strong. Good Luck "Quebec 182"

Susan Ng said...

SR S. Obisesan, stay strong and keep trotting on, baby! Keep up the faith and endurance. My love and kisses your way. God BLess!

Good luck to everyone :)

Danielle said...

Good Luck SR Caprioli! You are going to do amazing! I'm so proud of you and admire your hard work and determination.Can't wait to hear how it is going. I love you!-Your Wife

Squatch said...

Steady on, SR Heard! The whole family, in all our scattered locations, is watching for news. We'll all share anything we get, so don't worry about repeating the same info to everybody.

You, your company, and the staff who train you are in all our prayers.

Other Q182 friends and family, we'll see you on the Facebook page (great idea, Rhonda!) and here. We'll get through this together!

Blessings,
Jim "Squatch" Heard

Sherry Heard said...
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Sherry Heard said...

Hang in there SR Heard (Jonas) cards and letters are on the way. You are doing great and we are all proud of you!

Sherri said...

Just checking in to let you know we are so proud of you. Hang in there. Keep the future goals in focus. We will be there before you know it. We love you !

Mom and David :)

Shannan said...

Good Luck SR Parrish! We miss you so much, lil brother, but are so proud of you! Can't wait to see you at graduation! Stay strong and just know that you are in our prayers!

URmom said...

Happy Veteran's day to the newest members of the US Coast Guard.

Sr Berg we are all so proud of you for protecting your country and what it stands for. Son you will go far!

WHOOOOOYA!

URmom said...

We are so proud of you Sr Berg. Happy veteran's day to all the new members of the US Coast Guard. Thank you for your service and dedication to protecting the freedoms we love so. Your brothers and sisters miss you. I can't wait to see the transformation. whoo ya! mom

URmom said...

Sr Berg I love you. I am thinking of you and by the way do another push up. Daddy Bob

Tiffany said...

Stay Strong SR Dodson! Your family is so proud of you. Good Luck, we know you will do great in your new adventure and career.

GOOD LUCK QUEBEC 182!!!!

hanna and ryan said...

Good luck SR Braun!! We love you so much. Give it your all and we will see you at graduation.Love you

Your loving wife.

gregandsandie said...

Mariposa says good luck SR Green and dad say remeber left shoulder to the bulkhead and we are very proud of you Mom and Dad

Richard said...

SR Matthews everyone home is thinking about you especially your little sister and brother and we all wish you and your unit a great day next week during a time for thanks!

Rhonda said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you SR Murff! We've been checking the website every day just waiting to see news. Letters and cards are in the mail! We miss you so much! Counting the days til Graduation. We are so proud of you and all the men and women of our military. Thanks to all of you for our freedom and safety! Love, mom

Kody's Girl said...

SR Thompson, I love and miss you so much. Your mom and I are so very proud of you. Can't wait to have you back home though. Good luck Q182 and have fun

Love- Lauren

Joe said...

SR Geerholt .. we miss you and are sending prayers and positive thoughts your way - letters from home are already on their way!!

WE LOVE YOU-
Dad, M2, Emma and the dogs!!

Johnny said...

Big step SR Murff. We are very proud of what you are doing. It was pretty tough watching you walk through security at the airport with your fellow recruits. We can't wait to see you at graduation. Be tough, be proud. Shoot straight and keep ur powder dry.

Liverpool MOM said...

To SR Pistella and the guys of Q 182 - Stay the course!
You are a team now, so remember - Many people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could...
I think you can...so as a team, focus on success - Success is building the foundations with the bricks other people throw at you.
I am always with you, Be brave baby, you can make it, Love mom in Liverpool UK..See you December 22 ...xoxo

Mainemom said...

Hey SR Matthews! You made it through the first week...hang in there:) We are proud of you! Good luck to you and all of Quebec 182. Remember....Individual glory is insignificant when compared to achieving victory as a team.

MRSMURFF said...

Im SR Jameson Murffs wife. I love you baby! I miss you so much! Hang in there! Keep your head up! Good Luck!

William said...

For SR Matthews...Aunt Nene and Uncle Will are so proud of you! Cant wait to see you in CG Blue!

URmom said...

Here is the link to the USCG coastie family blog. Hope to see you all there.http://uscgquebec182family.blogspot.com/

Mike K said...

Good Luck SR Kvintus and your whole company! Hang tough!

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Miller4 said...

Stay the course SR Miller! We are very proud of you. Can't wait to see you at graduation. Good luck to Quebec 182.

Maggie said...

Buena Suerte SR Torres!

We all are keeping you in our prayers as well as your entire company.

Push it! Be strong!

Mango says Hi :-)

Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

PROUD MOM & DAD said...

SR Patino!!! remember if it was easy everyone would be doin it.
GOOD LUCK "QUEBEC 182"
love you,
mom and dad

Suzanne said...

SR COX! Your family loves you and hope you and your fellow recruits support each other to succeed and excel these next 7 weeks! wishing you all the best Mom and Dad Cox!

Jim said...

To: SR FOGARTY our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your fellow Recruits. Joe says hi. We miss you and can't wait to hear from you.

MoM and DaD

Johnny said...

I understand that y'all are havin' a lil' "blow" on the Jersey shore. Keep your chin up and try to see the troublesome weather as a unique training opportunity. Love you and miss you.

Johnny said...

"WEATHER" post to SR Murff

ebiergans said...

SR Patino - God bless you and all at Cape May - luv u - look forward to the journals. Grandma E and Papa

PaPa said...

Be strong SR Patino, we are proud of your sevice. We love you. Steady on Quebec 182 !!

Sherry said...

Hola from Nanny and Bampa from Mexico to Dustin Matthews. We miss you and love you and hope your having a great experience. We can't wait to hear about everything. We keep you in our thoughts daily. Love you with all our hearts.

Teri said...

SR Benton, We are so proud of you. Our prayers are with you everday. Can't wait to see you on Graduation.

Love,
Mom, Dad, Sara, Dustin, Emily

Liverpool MOM said...

To SR Matthew Pistella
We are having a gale over here also! Today's inspiration...remember the big leap into the unknown (2 story high waterfall jump when you were only 6) If you can do that you can do anything...you were made for this! The greater the difficulty the more glory in overcoming it. You rock! Love Mom xoxoxox

MRSMURFF said...

39 days till graduation!

AMWM&DB said...

SR Scott, we just wanted to let you know that we think about you everyday and we are all proud of you.Love, your family.

Vicky said...

OK SR DiNicola....not sure yet what SR means but it sounds official! Hope you're enjoying the ocean views! Can't wait to see those biceps on Dec 22nd!

Babyrail said...

Hello to SR DiNicola! I was so excited to see the Quebec group in the site! Quebec is a nice "nod" to your French-Canadian gramma-huh? Well, I know you are learning and growing everyday. I am so proud that you will soon be a Guardian...Hang in there and we'll see you on the 22nd!!

Larissa said...

SR Johnson I love and miss you so much! Remember how proud we all are of you, you can find strength in deepest, darkest places when you need it. I'm counting the days babe! Keep working hard Q182!

MRSMURFF said...

I miss you baby! ONLY 38 DAYS LEFT!! I cant wait to see you!!

Cindy said...

SR Tafelski,
We are all very proud of you and were very excited to have gotten a letter from you. Keep up the good work, more letters are coming your way!!
We love you,
Mom, Dad, Ben and Andrew

Mom said...

Good luck SR Frazer!!! We are thinking of you everyday and missing you like crazy ( even Jack and Maggie). Hope you know how proud we are and how much we love and miss you. Can't wait to see you at graduation in uniform!! Stay strong!! Love you Mom and Dad

VoiceOfReason said...

We all miss you and are so very proud of you SR Calicott. The little lady keeps asking "where woid went?". Keep your head down and keep up the good work. We look forward to receiving your letters and will see you soon.

Westcoastmom said...

SR Smith this is the beginning of week 3..Keep up the hard work!! We miss you!!Heard the weather was pretty ugly..Looking forward to graduation!!:)

"Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success. "
Henry Ford

LOL Mom :)

dnajchpl said...

Way to go SR KOONCE!. We are all so PROUD of YOU!
Love Ya
Mom and Dad

MRSMURFF said...

ONLY 37 MORE DAYS! Good Luck Baby! Keep your head up and stay focused! I love you so much!

-ashley

Joshua said...

To the guys and girls of Quebec 182:

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about all of you and hope you are doing great. Keep up the good work and the 8 weeks will be over real soon. You are already almost to week 3 and it came in no time. Stay the course and keep your head up and drive for the success and to wear your uniforms with pride and honor. Cannot wait to see you all in December. See you soon SR Miller!

dnajchpl said...

Hi SR Koonce, this is your Nana. Love you, Miss you, and your boiled peanuts will be waiting on you after the 22 of December. See you then with bells on.
Love your Nana

Mom said...

Hello SR Caprioli,

We all miss you hear at home and are praying for you, remember who you are and that God knows your heart and your further. I'll send photo's of your nice and nephew they are so cute. Love and miss you so very proud of you son..Love you MOM.

LV Mom said...

Way to go SR Gibson! I knew you would get there and now that you are I hope it is everything that you have been expecting! Good luck Emory and remember that I love you and I am so very proud of you!
Love you Mom!

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wyogibson said...

SR Gibson....I'm totally sure that you'll be succesful both throughout boot camp and throughout your career as one of America's Guardians! I'm proud of you. Good Luck to you and Quebec 182

Lindsay said...

SR Deno! That sounds pretty official;) I am so proud of you and can not explain how great we think you are. We all miss you so much (me and Wednesday especially!) and love you and can't wait to see you in uniform! Stay strong and know the end is near! I love you so much!

Love,
Lindsay :)

Devin said...

So proud of my wife S R KOONCE. Im steadily writing her letters, explaining detailed info about my days, its just so weird without her! anyhow looking forward to dec 22, i miss her so much......hoorah quebec 182

momendad said...

QUEBEC 182 FAMILIES:

Our son just graduated from KILO 182 and can answer questions you have while we still can. If you need a place to stay for graduation try the MADISON AVE BEACH CLUB MOTEL. We were very satisfied and it was only $61 per night with a 2 night minimum. It had a refrig., microwave , sink, two double beds and our friends even had a stove in their room. It
was well managed and modern. All the hotels are near the base because Cape May is a small town but neat, clean and well kept. There are no "chain" hotels or restaurants but everything is VERY nice.

MRSMURFF said...

Hang in there baby! Only 36 more days and its all be over soon!

Liverpool MOM said...

Anyone know about taxi service there?

RachaelAnn said...

Good luck SR Torres!!! I miss you and I love you and I cant wait to see you!!

Love Always,
Rachael

Sarah said...

Good luck SR Fogarty!! Me and matt miss you and wish you luck! Letters are on their way! Stay strong and keep up the good work! Love, Sarah Mansfield, MA

uscgquebec182family said...

way to go Seaman Recruit Berg!!!

We all miss you and love you very much. Stay your post and ride out the gale. I can't wait for letters to begin arriving. mom

hi ben can i have your X-Box????? - toe

Johnny said...

SR Murff, Your paw paw used to say, "I had worse things on my lip and I could still whistle". Well he did go through WWII so I guess he was qualified to make the comment. Its tough now but it will get better. Keep your chin up and be proud of your decision and don't forget to keep ur powder dry.

Babyrail said...

How are you doing, SR DiNicola? I know that you are giving it your "all". This is a learning experience that you will never forget. The things you will learn, both in basic and in the field, you will use for the rest of your life. You are so lucky!! I love you sweetie.

Westcoastmom said...

Reccommendations on when we should start looking for flights? Flying in from Long Beach, California which airport should we fly into?

SR Smith,
Keep pushing forward. We are all so very proud of you and miss you very much!
LOL Mom

momendad said...

"Westcoastmom"

Atlantic City is closer than Philadelphia. As long as your recruit doesn't get "rephased"
(pushed back) because of medical reasons, getting tickets in the fourth week is a good time.

Babyrail said...

to all the people coming to Cape May for 12/22- the flights are filling up rapidly and the airfare is going through the roof! I am coming from Tucson and we had to hurry and get locked in. It appears that its pretty cheap to go out there but expensive trying to get back....

Liverpool MOM said...

Keep up the tempo SR Pistella !
Its gonna be one amazing day and well woth the journey - I decided to come in a day or two early in case of drama at the airports flying in from the uk via the milkmans run - going out of manchester, through london and amsterdam and toronto to Newark, back through atlanta...wahooo! Make me proud baby, and to those lucky moms and dads stateside go with Atlantic City, only 45 minutes from the base...

sgtcki said...

SR Saengpradap!!!! I love and miss you soooo much wifey!!! Your my everything and I can't wait to see you on dec 22nd!!! Keep your head up and continue giving 110%!!!

To families:
We live in the greater philadelphia region... Atlantic city is closer but will be more expensive than philadelphia intl. Cape may is roughly 2hrs from phila intl.. But, atlantic city is def a better city for fun and excitement if you are looking to celebrate with your new gaurdian..

There are also many small hotels in cape may that you may want to consider as they will be much less expensive then staying in atlantic city...
Although, about 20 miles outside of cape may there are your normal chain hotels...I.e. Days inn, motel 6. Etc.
Late december is when it begins getting fairly cold here in the northeast, so I would def recommend comming prepared (jackets, pants, sweaters) It is my understanding that our new gaurdians will have 5 days of leave (paid vacation) before they need to report to there next training and/or duty station, so plan accordingly.

If any of you are military: active, reserve, retired... There are a few bases within a 2hr drive from cape may and you may consider staying at a base lodging facility to save some cash...

I am active military and am willing to answer any questions anyone may have.. Just let me know.
Also, please remember to make sure you all purchase refundable airfare as there are many reasons your recruit may not graduate on time(recycled). Such as injury, illness, failure to meet training/administrative requirements.

Congratulations to everyone and i wish you all good luck in the future!

Joseph
Sgt/USMC

DadBerg said...

Hang in there SR Berg. Just remember, they can't hurt you, they can only make you stronger. Greg and I have been thinking of you all weekend as we prepare for deer camp. My thoughts are with you. Grandma sends her love, too. She'll be writing a letter.

Dad

MRSMURFF said...

Keep your head up baby!! ONLY 35 more days and we'll be together!

Shannan said...

SR Parrish...we love you! Stay strong...stay focus. You will see us at your graduation! Quebec 182, you all are in my prayers! See you Dec 22nd!

dnajchpl said...

SR Koonce, Just dropping you a line to let you know that not a day or moment goes by that you are not in our thoughts. We are all so proud of you and your teammates of Quebec 182. Graduation will be here sooner than you think. We are sending you a lot of positive energy. Keep up the AWESOME work! YOU CAN DO IT!
Love Ya
Mom and Dad

Devin said...

SR KOONCE yah what your mom said, keep up the hard work and keep thriving for that day, were so proud of you baby! I love you

Love Your Husband,
Devin

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SRMattesMom said...

For the families of ROMEO 182, The next two weeks are going to be very long while you are waiting for word on your recruits. Please join us on facebook to share stories and pictures of your recruits. You can join at USCG Romeo 182. This is a good place to ask questions, answer some you know and for your recruit to keep in touch with the rest of his/her company in the years to come.

PaPa said...

SR Patino
You, and the rest of Quebec 182 are in our thoughts and prayers daily. We love you and look forward to seeing the NEW you soon.
Stay strong Quebec 182

Rhonda said...

SR Murff...you are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay the course. You CAN do this! We are so proud of you! We are all looking forward to seeing you Dec. 22. Love, mom

PS...Ike says he misses you! woof!

j said...

SR Matthews, We're all very proud of you. Can't wait to see you in December for graduation!! Stay focused, you're in our hearts and thoughts everyday. Happy Thanksgiving buddy, see you soon!

Westcoastmom said...

SR Smith

Quebec is no longer the new unit anymore..Fight strong no I in TEAM!

We miss you good luck and fight strong. Keep your head in the game!

LOL MOM

Babyrail said...

HELLO SR DiNicola!! Hang in there sweetie! Remember how you struggled to become certified in SCUBA??? (Smallest but the toughest!! plus it was freakin hot in San Carlos for full gear!) You know you can do this, too. We are all rooting for you! Your know who is the loudest,too. :)

Mainemom said...

Hey SR Matthews! Got your letter today...sorry to hear you haven't received any of ours. We are writing you daily...hopefully you will have a pile of them by now. Hang in there...we are proud of you!
Love and miss you, Mom

Teri said...

Happy Birthday SR Benton. We miss you and love you so very much. We are proud of you.

Love
Mom and Dad

Teri said...

Happy 19th Birthday SR Benton. We miss you very very much. We are so proud of you.

Love always,

Mom and Dad

Richard said...

Sr Matthews--Stay up and remember its only 5 more weeks and its smooth sailing, Besides its cold here!

Richard said...

Dusty we miss you and cant wait to see you , we are keeping our promise to do good in school

Love Aaron

I suppose Kiley to Ha

Babyrail said...

Note to SR Benton: don't tell anyone its your birthday!!! I turned 19 in Basic and it wasn't good when the instructors found out! Ha!

We are all one big family now- good luck to all our Guardians!

Babyrail said...

SR DiNicola- Grama & Grampa got your card! I always knew you were a tough little bird!! We are all proud of you and guess what? Even Mr. Rollie teared up with your news.... :)

Westcoastmom said...

SR Smith

Your dad received your first letter which you addressed to both of us. He called and read it to me. Thank you for making me laugh! Your states away and you still manage to write something that is so you! Keep up the good work and make sure to help those around you! Remember the mission is not completed until the whole unit crosses the line.

I'm thankful for one of God's treasures..."You."
LOL Mom

DDD1941 said...

Hello to Quebec 182 from India 54, January 1964 and former Honor Guard Captain. Enjoy your time it will be fun even if your CPO want's you to think other wise!! I can't believe they are still using the M1 Garands as torture pieces! Good luck and Semper Paratus...D Douglass PH2

Devin said...

SR KOONCE just got another letter baby, keep up the tough work and stay positive, love you so much!!!

mom said...

SR Frazer We miss you and are thinking of you everyday!! We are so proud of you! Jack and Maggie miss you like crazy so does Dan!! Can't wait to see you on Decemeber 22nd!! Love you Stay strong!! Mo, Dad & Dan

mom said...

SR Frazer got your letter yesterday thank you I needed to hear from you. I wish you were here too but you have an important job to complete!! We are with you in spirit and send good thoughts your way every day! We wish you and everyone on team Quebec 182 the best of luck!! Love you Mom

dave said...

Good Luck SR Workman. The family is thinking about you. Hey - Just stay focused on the big picture. And remember - Eddie Would Go!!!

Vivalaviv said...

SR Workman,
Thank your Uncle Dave for clueing me into this blog! Sending you and your unit good thoughts and best wishes. You are strong,capable and ready for the challenges ahead! Look forward to your next letter and hope you received mine!!!! Love you!!! Mom

Karolyn said...

SR Kira Patino,
After spending the last five years with you boating, I have faith in you that you can do this. If it wasnt hard, it would not be worth it. Stay tough and remember it wont last forever. We love and miss you. Doug, Karolyn, David and Megan. Jackie and Zoey

Darrin James said...

Keep up the great work, Courtney. You'll have great memories someday of the adventure you're living now. I hated much of boot camp, but I made good friends and appreciated the unique experiences after I completed basic training. When you meet my daughter Sofia, you can show her photos & tell her of your adventures in the Coast Guard.

RaloChicago said...

Stay strong SR Workman!
We are all proud of you.
Wishing you, Quebec 182 and all the recuits strength, courage and all the best. Remember with every obstacle you conquer you get stronger and stronger.
NOW HIT THE DECK AND GIVE ME 20!!

Rebecca said...

Hi SR Fogarty - Thinking of you and all the team at Quebec 182. We are so fortunate to have all of you in our lives!!!
Miss you
Aunt Jeanine

Johnny said...

SR Murff! Can't wait to see you and your fellow guardsman cross that line! Mom and I are way proud of you. I know its tough... but your tougher. Miss you, dad.
PS How 'bout that Garand? Kinda heavy, but a great rifle.

MRSMURFF said...

Keep your head up SR Murff! You are always in our thoughts! You baby boy misses you!! Hang in there baby! Only 31 mores and we will be together again!!! I love you baby!!!

dave said...

Actually its Aunt Mary here and I want to tell you that you are my new hero! I am so proud of you and wish you the best. My thoughts, prayers and meditattions are with you and everyone you are serving with. I am humbled.

proud mom and dad said...

stay strong SR Patino!! thinking of you every day, can hardly wait till Dec.22
Brody & Chewy says good luck

Keith said...

SR DiNicola - OK... This is the 3rd time I've left a msg and they don't seem to get through! Think of you everyday You make me smile!

BIG Hug!!!

Keith said...

SR DiNicola - It got through! Can't wait to see you and hear your stories! You have everything you need inside you to do anything!

Love you!!

Vivalaviv said...

SR Workman and rest of Quebec 182, Congrats on your progress so far; one month left to go before graduation! Tough times never last but tough people do. You were strong before you started this journey; just think of how much stronger you will be at the end. You are awesome!!!!

Tom Pampalone said...

Good luck SR Harp! I am very proud of you. Remember to stay strong (Tonka Tough) ;)

Mom said...

SR Emily Harp I am so proud of you Love you. Keep up the hard work and You Go Girl!!
Inspired by you always.
Mom

Cutie Pie and Princess Kayla said...

SR Brown, C.L.

I miss you and can't wait till you come home. Nana and I are playing with my blocks. Mommy is searching for x-mas gifts for you so what do you want for x-mas? Mommy is tired, nana is tired, and I am in my zone.

I get to go to school tomorrow and I don't like to leave when mommy picks me up cause I have way to much fun when I am there. Papa Joe can't wait to see you.

I ask mommy everyday if you are home yet and she tells me not till x-mas so I get really excited. I know x-mas will be really fun this year since I have my own little 2 ft x-mas tree in my room already. Nana bought it for me and mommy bought the decorations so I decorated it myself. Now I am eating raisins sitting by mommy.

I just want to let you know that I am having fun, growing again, and learning to read and already know all my abc's and colors.

Love You,
Princess Kayla

P.S. Mommy is missing you very much also.

Written by your cutie pie

Cutie Pie and Princess Kayla said...

SR Brown,

Ok it's Cutie Pie. I hope you are doing ok. Kayla is now eating her lunch like crazy and tourting Kodiak at the same time. When you get back, if you want to take pics with Kayla tell me so I can schedule on appointment. I will try to get out a letter a day from her or me or at least post on here. School is really tiring right now since finals are coming up and i have papers to write so I will write in my free time.

smitty said...

SR DiNicola
Hang in there kid, your halfway there. We think about you every day. See you on the 22nd.

dave said...

I wrote this a few years ago, but I wanted to share it with SR Workman and Quebec 182.

It was 4 o'clock in the morning. I spend a lot of time on the Fox and Illinois rivers at this time.
I usually feel real comfortable kayaking in the dark. But today the rivers were up, dirty and a little scary-looking for a guy paddling a boat that weighs only 55 pounds.

I laid my kayak down on the boat ramp, nose pointed into the water, and wondered what the heck I was doing going out in that stuff. A voice inside my head told me to put the boat back on the 4Runner, go home and take Tommie for a nice, long walk.

I hesitated, but then I heard another voice say, "Eddie would go."

Legend of Eddie

If you have ever been to Hawaii, you might have come across Eddie. He shows up on cars, surf boards, mopeds and just about anywhere imaginable.

His appearance is usually on a sticker -- a simple two-color affair, no decoration, and only three words: Eddie Would Go.

As a collector of stickers, I noticed them my first day in Hawaii. My friend whom I was visiting in Oahu had one in the back window of her van.

I asked her about this Eddie guy. The Eddie on the sticker is a reference to legendary big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau.

Eddie, a native Hawaiian, grew up in the '60s living the life of a waterman: paddling, sailing, swimming and surfing. He worked as a lifeguard at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu, which is considered by many to be the most dangerous lifeguarding job on the planet.

When the surf's up on the North Shore, the offshore waves can reach heights of 25 to 30 feet. The inshore break can be as high as 12 feet, making just walking in the water a dangerous proposition.

In the early days of surfing, Eddie combined his incredible talents as a swimmer and his surfing ability to become one of the best big wave surfers in the world. The locals will tell you that there were better surfers, but there wasn't anyone who had the skills in the water that Eddie did.

Eddie would go

These skills made him fearless. When others would back off on a wave or wouldn't venture out, Eddie would always go. Throw in the fact that Eddie was a native in a sport dominated by haoles -- a somewhat derogatory term for Caucasians -- and you have the makings of a legend.

The sad part of the Eddie Aikua story is it was his love of the water and life that led to his ultimate death.

In March of 1978, Eddie was a crew member of a Hawaiian voyaging canoe that swamped during a stormy night at sea. With his fellow crew members' lives at risk, Eddie volunteered to paddle a surfboard that they were towing 20 miles to the little island of Lanai for help. Ironically, the crew was rescued the next morning, but they never found Eddie.

It's a great story. There are times in our lives when we question going. Usually it is fear that holds us back. Eddie knew fear, but he overcame it with skill, humor and an insatiable love of life.

Devin said...

Elizabeth only 30 days left, keep up the hard work your half way there! So proud of you and cant wait to wrap my arms around you, love lour husband

Devin

Cutie Pie and Princess Kayla said...

SR Brown,

Well it's almost 9:30pm here and little princess is alseep. She said that she loves you and that Santa Clause is going to bring you home cause we were watching the Santa Clause movie with Time Alan tonight. Have a fun week if possible and I will send some pictures of Kayla later this week when I get them back from Costco.

You're almost done so behave and Michigan lost 21-10 to Ohio yesterday.

Love CP

Rhonda said...

To Dave: Thanks for explanation of 'Eddie would go'...very interesting.
To SR Murff: Hang there sport! YOU CAN DO IT! You're going to be a great Guardian. We miss you and will see you in about 28 days..Love, mom

Teri said...

29 more days!!!! Hang in there SR Benton your half way done.

Love Mom.

PaPa said...

SR Patino

Thinkin' of you every day. Look through the tunnel and work hard to get to the light at the end. It is in reach! It's closer than you think.
Stay strong, work hard.
You are loved.

Spencer said...

SR Deno, Hang in there and stay focused. We are all very proud of you. Keep up the good work. No one said that it would be easy but it will pay off in the end. See you in a few weeks. We all love you, Your Big Bro

Westcoastmom said...

Happy Thanksgiving Quebec 182!!

SR Smith...I'll be sharing a day of labor at the Happiest Place on Earth "Disneyland"..Although it's not as physically demanding my heart is with you in not sharing the Thanksgiving spread with the family...Have a wonderful day and be Thankful you are starting week 4 with your new family of Guardians!!!

LOL Mom...

Babyrail said...

Hello SR DiNicola! We are getting ready to head to Mexico for Thanksgiving and all I can think is how this is the first one without you. I miss you, peanut.
I hope you get some turkey and all the other goodies. Our table will miss your special cranberry sauce. Take care and work hard-the days will fly by!

mom said...

Stay strong SR Frazer you are almost there!One month and we will all be together celebrating your graduation!! I can't tell you enough how proud I am of you and what you are doing. Everyone is fine here just missing you and sorry you won't be here for Thanksgiving. I hope you will have a feast of some sort to celebrate with your Quebec 182 family! We will have a toast in your honor at our table. Love and miss you like crazy!! Dad and Dan do too.
Stay strong!! Love Mom

momendad said...

QUEBEC 182 Families:

Did you know that your recruit will not be able to read these blogs? It's true. Our son graduated from KILO a few weeks ago and never saw these blogs. They were too busy with uniform inspection and cleaning squadbays and writing letters home to find time to read these. However, on the off chance that they will plod through these 230 plus blogs when they have their on-base liberty in week six, keep the positive comments coming. They also have a chance on their off-base liberty in week seven to do so , but usually they want to hang with their fellow recruits and pig out on soda and snacks and watch TV and football, etc. This is really more of a way for families of recruits to communicate with eachother. Do you have a place to stay for graduation? Check out the Nov. 16 blog above and some of the other blogs from PAPA and OSCAR to see how they are communicating. If you have question that we can answer, please ask while we still can. GOOD LUCK TO QUEBEC 182 !!!!

SRMattesMom said...

That is true about the blogs. I have printed them off and included them in my letters to my daughter so she might share them with any recruits whose name she recognizes. She asked me to keep them coming, that they are a great hit!!

Larissa said...

SR Johnson...I miss you soooo much! I'm sitting in my last class of the day and can't keep my mind off you. I know you and your company are working hard--only 28 more days!Every time I see movie previews I think of you and wonder which ones you're going to be dying to see...earn that liberty time so you can go to theater! Can't wait to hear from you love.

Love, your Beyoncee

Cindy said...

Keep up the GREAT work SR Workman - from your cousin Cindy in AZ!!! I hope that you and all of Quebec 182 keep finding the courage within each moment to succeed! :)

Ashley said...

Good Luck SR Weitbrock, There is not a day where i dont think about you and how you are doing, keep your head up high , every one is wishing you the best luck !! ONLY 3 more weeks till your home and i cant not wait to see you just keep in mind graudution is just around the corner and you didit:} " You were always a tough bird" While i Miss You & I love you xo and i know Everyone say's HI Matt, Mom, Dad, Tess, Amy, dad, Nate, and even Piper :} can't wait till your home, STAY STRONG & WORK HARD. Hope the whole Quebec team keep there heads up high !

Shannan said...

Well...learned something new today...I mean, I was pretty sure that the Recruits were not reading these blogs, but, I didn't know that we could print them off for them to read in our letters. So now I feel bad cause if SR MATTES mom is sending them to her and she is reading them out loud and like I think I've only posted a couple times to this blog...My Brother prob feels left out...SO SR PARRISH, love you from your family back home!!! WE miss you and can't wait to see you and the rest of Quebec 182 graduate on Dec 22nd! And sorry...but I have been sending ya cards & letters!!!! Love your sister - Shannan!!!

Michael said...

SR Green-

This is your brother speaking. One thing, DO IT! Keep your head high...hope all is well.

The whole Family

Babyrail said...

SR DiNicola-Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all get to go for a nice meal (is the chow hall good?) and a little break. I love you and miss you.Hope you get a chance to read the blogs over the holiday.Keep up the good work:it is worth every push-up! See you soon! MomXXXXOOOO

Vivalaviv said...

Are we sure that we can print out these blogs and send them in the mail? My understanding was nothing except letters and cards can be sent to the recruits. Courtney (SR Workman)wrote to me and said do not send even a newspaper clipping as they can get in trouble for that. To be safe; I'm just rewriting the blogs in letters just to let her know that people are thinking about her. If anyone knows for sure; please let us know. Viv (aka SR Workman's Mom)

SRMattesMom said...

Vivalaviv,
I have sent them to my daughter a couple of times and she hadn't got into any trouble that I am aware of. I know someone sent her a music card and while she didn't get into trouble, they wouldn't let her keep it. That is as much as I know. But aren't these just like sending a lot of letters at one time? That is how I looked at it. Anyway, maybe someone else who knows more could clarify it for us.

Babyrail said...

I just printed out the pages that refered to my kid and highlighted those entries, out them in a regular envelope. I wrote on the outside the contents with a note that if it was "unauthorized" to just chuck the envelope so no one got in trouble. Hope that is ok. The last thing our people need is more grief!

Michael said...

MorMor Rolls at midnight... mmm. wish you were here.

Michael said...

Hey you SR Green...This is mom on your brothers account. Love to you and can't wait to hear from you. Hope this is an amazing experience, and everything you had hoped it would be. We are all here in Forest Grove for Thanksgiving. They all say hello!

Cutie Pie and Princess Kayla said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all the families and the recruits that are away from each other right now.

SR Brown, C.L,

Love you daddy so hope you have a nice Thanksgiving and I will say hi to Snoopy for you when I see him tomorrow at Knotts.

Richard said...

SR Matthews I hope you and your company have a great Thanksgiving and we cant wait to talk to you!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy said...

SR Green...I am SOOOO PROUD of what you are doing! I know you will do your best work because you always do. Keep smiling (when they aren't looking, that is) and remember your aunts love you! Aunt Cindy and Patricia.

Cutie Pie and Princess Kayla said...

SR Brown, C.L.,

Hope you are hanging in there. It will be over before you know it. Stay on the course and know we are waiting for you to come home. Kayla is missing you.

MRSMURFF said...

Only 23 more days till SR Murff is in my arms again!

Westcoastmom said...

Quebec 182****Week 4****Halfway through a new milestone and it's time to get it together!!!It's not what you have but how you make it work!!! Your Company Commanders are doing what they are assigned to do now get it together "QUEBEC 182" and lets read some possitive accomplishments as a Unit/Team!

Being reverted is not an option!!!!

LOL Westcoastmom

Karolyn said...

SR Patino,
We just wanted you to know we are thinking about you everyday. Stay Tough. We are so proud of you coastie. Love your Friends,
Doug, Karolyn, David, Meg, Jackie and Zoey.

Babyrail said...

to SR DiNicola; Hang in there, kid. You know you are where you were meant to be. Don't let discouragement in-it has no purpose or place in your plans now or in the future. I have no doubt that you and Quebec182 will pull together and blow the socks off your instructors....

Johnny said...

SR Murff we're still counting the days 'til graduation. It was incredible to hear your voice on Thanksgiving day. Stay tough, it won't be long now!

Vivalaviv said...

Hey does anyone know about graduation and how parents, spouses, etc can find out specifics like what time to arrive and do we just show up at the gate or do we have to let someone at Cape May know we will be there? Any information would be helpful. Viv.

SRMattesMom said...

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/recruit/graduations.asp

Loveoursons said...

Hey! I can't believe the techy guys in our family didn't find this blog before me! SR Brown, C.L. hope you are doing well. You are smart and tough so I'm sure you are! We miss you and can't wait to see you. We got some mail we sent back so I'm going to try and re-send it. We are proud of you and love you! Mom

ProudLeftCoastUncle said...

SR Brown C.L.

Hey nephew. I hope everything is going well for you and that you are doing your best to succeed. We are praying for you and very proud of you. Debbie wants to bake you cookies. Are they allowed? If so, what kind do you like? Take care and we'll see you soon.

Kody's Girl said...

Hello All,

I am getting a little worried that I have not heard from my recruit. I was wondering if anyone else has not heard from their recruit?

SR Thompson I am so proud of you honey and can't wait to see you and be with you again, I love you babe.

Lauren

Cindy said...

Hello SR Workman!! I just saw the great photos of you/Q182 from Dec. 4th on the blog home page! Great job for all of your hard work! You're an Inspiration! Cousin Cindy

Johnny said...

SR Murff
Now we're waiting for a duty station, and our fingers are crossed. Pullin' for Hawaii...ha! Look forward to hearing from you.
Love ya son.

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Florida said...

SR Patino-
God has a plan for each and every one of use and never gives us more than we can handle. Trust in him and believe that his plan is the right plan for you and our family. Never loose focus and why you are there. Go Coastie Go! MOM

Karolyn said...

Hello SR Patino,
I hope everything is going well for you this week. Two weeks left. So proud of you....and your team. WAHooooooooo!!!!!!!!
Take care of yourself, cuz we all love and care about you..:) Karolyn

RaloChicago said...

SR Workman
More mail on the way. Hang in and stay strong, work as a team. I know you and Quebec 182 can finish strong. Great things are ahead.

Vivalaviv said...

Hey Kody's Girl,
I've only heard from my recruit once at the very beginning of boot camp. When I talked to her at Thanksgiving; it sounds like they have very little time for personal tasks like letter writing. I think the company commanders have the recruits so busy all the time that it's hard to squeeze in time for letters. We're getting close to graduation time so hang in there!

MRSMURFF said...

Only 12 more days!!YAY!

dave said...

MW Aunt Mary SR Workman: Great picture on the Dec. 4th update! Can't wait to hear where your orders are goinhg to send you. Hope, hope, hope to see you at Christmas! Way to go girl--so proud of you

dave said...

MW Aunt Mary says--Orders, Orders, we want to hear what the orders are!!!!!!!!! Call your mom or I will publish your baby name! (Just kidding SR Workman!)

Westcoastmom said...

Preparing for our trip to NJ..We are so excited to hear all is well and Quebec 182 has come together as we all knew they would...

We are flying into Philadelphia on 12/20 and staying the night and then heading to Cape May on Monday, 12/21. Any suggestions for mode of transportation...bus...rental car...railway or is their transportation by boat? any reccommendations...
Westcoastmom

LV Mom said...

We are flying into Philadelphia also, but on the 21st, and we have a car reserved for us to drive down to Cape May. That seems to be the best way to do it!

Michele said...

Danielle
I am the mother of SR Binder in Papa 182. Go Lobos. Your husband and my son know each other from college. If I am correct your husband played football and my husband was his athletic trainer. Kyle graduates Friday and will be home for Christmas and than off to Hawaii. Merr Christmas from the Binder Family

Johnny said...

SR Murff
We're countin' down the days till graduation. Be in Cape May on the 21st, cool weather gear necessary?HA!

LV Mom said...

5 more days until we get to see our new coasties! Good job Quebec-182! Looking forward to seeing how much you have all grown into your new careers!And thank you all for all that you will do!

ramiro c said...

Ramiro Carreon SR Vincent Guerra. Hope things are going well with You & "Romeo 182."All is well at the home front.You are a strong young man!You have so much support back home! Your brothers are checking out your Honda.Can"t find keys.Your mom makes the best apple pie, puts Marie calendars to Shame.Talking to your Dad about road trip in TR6 To N.J.
.Keep your thoughts positive and believe in yourself.Blessings, God Speed

Babyrail said...

to SR DiNicola and the rest of the crew of Quebec182: you now know how strong you are and that you can be successfull at anything you try. You have come through a program that 98% of the country would not even ATTEMPT. I am so proud of my Guardian I could just bust! I'm flying out on Sunday and I can barely wait to see you "strut your stuff". You and all of THE TEAM are simply AMAZING!

wyogibson said...

3 days and a WAKE UP!!!

westcoastmom said...

We r in Philly at the raddison at locust/17th...we r picking up a car today so we can head out at 0530 Tuesday morning to cape may..anyone interested in joining us call my cell at 562-544-9020.. Two riding up and three on the return.. Martha Bond (SR Kyle smith) will see u on Tuesday.

LV Mom said...

We are here! Can't wait to see our wonderful young men and women as they graduate tomorrow! Way to go Quebec-182! Congratulations to all! We are so proud of all of you and we are so proud out SR Gibson!!!!!!! We love you and can't wait to see you!

anita said...

Happy New Year to Robin Ray, from Grandma

anita said...

Happy New Year to Robin Ray, from Grandma