D17 commander, Rear Adm. Fred Kenney visit Unalaska City Cemetery

Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo and Rear Adm. Fred Kenney visit the Unalaska City Cemetery in Dutch Harbor August 2011. A number of graves belong to sailors who died near Dutch Harbor during their travels. Several of the grave markers are for crewmen from the cutter Bear, which spearheaded one of the most famous at-sea rescues in Alaska history. In the winter of 1897, eight whaling ships became trapped in the ice of the Arctic Ocean, leaving the 265 men aboard to slowly starve to death as their supplies dwindled. To head off a disaster, President William McKinley ordered the Bear to undertake a relief expedition. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Capt. Craig Lloyd.