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Proud Brothers Share a Special Memory
by John Rafter and Bill "Buck" Rafter
February 2014


USS McInerney(Fast Frigate Guided Missile-8)
While living in Captain Ed and his wife Betty Jester’s rooming house basement, Charles “Jeff” Rafter from Salisbury found employment as a bus boy at The Angler Restaurant onTalbot Street – which was owned and operated by the William and Louise Bunting Family. One day in the early 1960’s a mate didn’t show up on the boat “Retriever II,” and Jeff filled in as mate a few times. Soon he had a full time job on Buster Day’s marlin boat the “Seven Days”. . . The pink Rybovich . . . also known as ‘The Pink Week.’ The “Seven Days” was captained by Captain Gary Hartman, and docked in West Ocean City in her own boat house with small crew house.
Later Jeff graduated from West Virginia University in 1966, and was facing the Viet Nam War draft, choosing Navy Officers Candidate School instead. On October 30, 1988 Jeff sent this photograph to the Bunting family and The Angler Restaurant as recognition of his gratefulness for the Ocean City Assistance and friendships he received there.
From Ocean City marlin mate to Commanding Officer out of Mayport, Florida local boy makes good!
Author’s Note: His younger and older brothers are proudly submitting this copy of the original photo to the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum knowing that Jeff would be too modest.




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