All Present and Accounted For

The 1972 Alaska Grounding of the U.S. Coast Guard Jarvis and the Heroic Efforts that Saved the Ship

Non-Fiction - Historical
278 Pages
Reviewed on 06/09/2021
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Author Biography

Steven Craig is a retired Coast Guard Reserve Captain with over 38 years of both active and reserve service. He is also a retired Postmaster with the U.S. Postal Service. During his period of Coast Guard service, he actively participated with Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, the 2010 Haiti earthquake port recovery planning, the 9/11 response in Seattle, APEC maritime security planning in Honolulu, 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response to name a few. Prior to his commissioning, Craig held the rank of senior chief petty officer in the Coast Guard. He holds a Master’s degree in Emergency Management and has held associated jobs with federal, state, college, county, and local agencies. Steven Craig previously taught as a professor at a university in Italy and has spoken at several disaster conferences including in Rome, Italy. He and his wife Rachel, along with two dachshunds, are frequent travelers between homes in Washington State and Arizona. His contact e-mail address is Scraig7002@gmail.com and his website is www.stevenjcraigbooks.com

The book was inspired by an encounter with one of the Jarvis' crewmembers back in 1973 at the Coast Guard Base in Honolulu. There the member relayed the story where it resided in the author's memory until 2018 when he decided to write the story.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tom Gauthier for Readers' Favorite

All Present And Accounted For is the saga of the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis and the heroic efforts of its crew in the 1972 near loss of the ship and all hands. Steven J. Craig has crafted an excellent history of the Coast Guard, centered around a harrowing incident off the jagged volcanic cliffs of Akutan Island in the eastern Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Mountainous seas and gale force winds mixed with treacherous “williwaw” wind bursts recorded at over 70 knots have run the ship aground and holed her hull. Craig’s minute-by-minute account of every aspect of the event is an edge-of-the-seat story of one of the few times in the history of the United States Coast Guard that an SOS/MAYDAY radio call would come from a Coast Guard vessel.

Captain Steven J. Craig’s recounting of the 1972 near disaster for the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis is masterfully written. Craig covers a wide swath of background for the ship, the crew members, and the Coast Guard itself. He has created textbook history in an action-adventure reflective of the best novels. But this is not fiction. It is annotated, documented history that is eminently readable by sailors and non-sailors alike. An academic piece wrapped in a riveting narrative of events, blending history, technology, human interest, and humor amidst a harrowing experience. Craig’s detailed profiles of the individual sailors and their physical and psychological challenges amidst his overall narrative of the events produce an exceptional reading experience. As any sailor will recognize as a compliment, I offer Captain Craig a Bravo Zulu for All Present And Accounted For.