Woodbury County

Lt. (jg) Ray F. Treinen



Commended for Saving 9 Fliers

Lieut. (J.G.) Ray F. Treinen, commanding officer of an 83-foot coast guard cutter and son of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Treinen, 2014 Pierce Street, was one of four commanding officers who with their crews recently received commendations from Vice Admiral R. R. Waesche, coast guard commandant, for the rescue of the nine-man crew of a half submerged army bomber from Nazi infested waters of the Caribbean sea last summer. 

Parents of Lieut. Treinen received word of the commendation and accounts from Miami, Fla., newspapers which pictured their son with two of the other honored commanders.

The citation mentioned how the coast guard cutters had steamed into the Caribbean with their lights blazing despite the menace of Nazi submarines and how after a lengthy search the lost airmen sighted the flotilla and signaled with flares. “Nine men, one of them injured, were rescued from the plane, which was sunk by one of the cutter’s guns,” read one account sent by Lieut. Treinen, who had underlined the last phrase and had added the word “mine!”

Lieut. Treinen is a graduate of Central High School and of the University of Nebraska. He was commissioned at the coast guard naval academy, New London, Conn.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, March 12, 1944 (photo included)