Scott McGrew

The Colossus of Cape Disappointment

There are many different types of leaders. Some lead by example, while others inspire by their words. One thing they all have in common is that they all draw upon their past experiences to help guide those under them to success. Lt. Scott McGrew is the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, McGrew enlisted during his senior year of high school to become a boatswain’s mate in the Coast Guard.


Service in surf and to others: BM1 Nathan Burns

With sure hands on the throttle and helm, and an eye toward the sea and an on their crew, Coast Guard surfmen are considered the service’s most skilled coxswains and members of an elite community. They are boatswain’s mates – each individually numbered – that undertake immense responsibility in training others to operate safely in some of the most dangerous conditions imaginable.