Coast Guard Graduate Recalls Boyhood Rescue

U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Orlando Morel marches in a pass and review during a regimental review May 15, 2012, at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings. Orlando Morel was 6 years old when he and his mother left Haiti on a crowded small wooden boat destined for America. Now 24, Morel remembers the blue of the ocean everywhere. And the hunger.

When a piece of bread fell into the water, Morel quickly scooped it up. “I will never forget that taste,” he said, recalling the salty, soggy bread.

Nor will he forget when the Coast Guard showed up in a white boat and rescued him, his mother and other passengers.

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