SHIELDPer chevron abased Celeste and Azure, a saltire Gules edged Argent between in chief twenty (20) compasses, six (6) and six (6) all of the second and in base two anchors in saltire Or.
From a wreath Argent and Celeste, a life ring of the first garnished Gules, the inscription "CHATHAM LEGENDS" arched above and "FEBRUARY 18 1952" arched below of the last, charged with the representation of the Old CG 36500 on rough waves, issuant to sinister proper.
On either side of the shield, two oar Or.
A scroll Argent, edged Gules, doubles Azure inscribed "DETERMINATION HEEDS NO INTERFERENCE" of the last.
SHIELDBlue, red, and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Coast Guard. The lighter blue on the upper portions of the shield is the official color used by the Coast Guard and signifies the coastal waters off Station Chatham. The darker blue on the lower portion denotes the treacherous seas beyond a seemingly impassable bar that Petty Officer Webber and his volunteer crew of three faced on the night of February 18th 1952. The four Coast Guardsmen persevered and rescued the thirty-two sailors, one by one, from the stern of the tanker, illustrated by the thirty-two compasses. The crossed anchors denote Petty Officer Webber's Boatswain Mate rate. The saltire is adapted from the state flag of Florida, where the USCGC BERNARD C. WEBBER is based. The shape of the seal alludes to law enforcement and is one of the primary missions of the cutter.
The Old CG 36500 rides rough waves through a lifesaving ring. The CG 36500 was the lifeboat used on this daring rescue that many believed to be a suicide mission. It was under-equipped for 60-foot seas, hurricane force winds, a blizzard, and with no radar or compass. The boat was only rated for only 20 passengers, but brought home a total of 36. In 2002 Webber and his crew steered the restored CG 36500 over the Chatham Bar again on the 50th anniversary of the rescue. The ring denotes the daring rescue by Petty Officer Webber and is also representative of one of the primary missions tasked to the USCGC BERNARD C. WEBBER.
The oars symbolize the search and rescue mission and represent the four crew members: Bernard C. Webber, Andrew Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey, and Irving Maske. Webber initially refused the Gold Lifesaving Medal when he learned the other three men would receive the Silver Medal. The Coast Guard awarded all four Coast Guardsmen the Gold Medal. The oars are colored gold to represent this accomplishment.