Port Angeles: Former crewmen of longtime cutter Winona reunite this weekend

About 200 former crewmen of the Coast Guard cutter Winona are in Port Angeles for a reunion this weekend.

The Winona spent 27 of its 28 years in service stationed in Port Angeles before it was decommissioned and scrapped in 1974.

This is the third reunion for Winona crewmen and their families. They will partake in a dinner, drawings, tours of the Coast Guard's Port Angeles helicopter air station, story swapping and a ceremonial ringing of the ship's bell, which is on a monument to the Winona at City Pier.

The 255-foot Winona was the first Coast Guard vessel to sink an armed enemy ship in the Vietnam War.

It was also the first Coast Guard cutter to enter Japanese waters after World War II.

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