Large Unit History Award Winner: Sector, Charleston, SC
Small Unit History Award Winner: Light Station, Boston, MA, researched and selected the events to be honored, one National and one local, participated in dedicating the second of a series of plaques in Grand Haven Michigan commemorating the Coast Guard and its history on the Great Lakes.
Best Book on Coast Guard History:
Martha Laguardia-Kotite, So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death.
Special Mention. Juliana Fern Patten, Another Side of World War II: A Coast Guard Lieutenant in the South Pacific.
Best Book on Lighthouses/Aids to Navigation: Cheryl Shelton Roberts and Bruce Roberts, Lighthouse Families.
Heritage Awards. Captain Eugene Davis, USCG, Ret., for his thirty years of tireless work as curator/director of the Coast Guard Museum/Northwest, the source of research materials for dozens of books, for his countless tours for over a quarter million visitors, and for sharing his unparalleled knowledge of Coast Guard history.
Special Recognition: Rear Admiral John Crowley, USCG, for his enthusiastic support of the preservation of Coast Guard history. One of the cornerstones of his “District Commander’s Intent” is to “know and embrace Coast Guard history.” He supported the purchase and distribution of the book The Coast Guard to every unit in the Great Lakes District. After significant Great Lakes search and rescue cases, he sends copies of Dennis Noble’s book to the involved air and boat crew members. The awards given to civilians, federal and state personl, or Coast Guardsmen for extraordinary effort on rescue cases are now named the Dobbins Awards in commemoration of the inventor of the Dobbins lifeboat. Many other initiatives have been taken as a result of his leadership in preserving our heritage.
Learned of discovery of a Coast Guard amphibian Albatross aircraft, missing after a SAR mission in the Gulf of Mexico nearly forty years ago. Invitation to join in establishing a memorial to the crew (three of the six never found) made to and eagerly accepted by The Coast Guard Aviation Organization (also known as The Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl). In less than three months, with full participation and support of the Coast Guard, participated in an impressive ceremony placing a bronze plaque in a memorial site at Air Station Clearwater, Fl. A duplicate plaque is being placed at the site of the wreckage, in 60 feet of water; in keeping with the status of missing crewmen, the site has been designated a sanctuary, and the plaque will forever inform future divers of the circumstances surrounding the wreckage and ensure proper respect for the site.
Together with the Association of Coast Guard Aviators (formerly Pterodactyls), provided plaques to commemorate the loss of CG 1240, one plaque at Clearwater Air Station, Florida, and one at the underwater crash site.
With the involvement of many units and state and federal agencies, provided a plaque to commemorate the loss of the Minot’s Ledge light and its crew. The plaque was placed underwater for the edification of divers at Minot’s Ledge, Mass.
Provided funding for summer intern in CG Historian’s Office.
Commissioned an original oil painting of the USCGC Northland and presented numbered and signed prints to Silver Ancient Mariners Master Chief Damage Controlman Amritt Villa and Senior Chief Gunners Mate Chris Kukla, and Gold Ancient Mariner to VADM Robert J. Papp.
Filmed oral history of WW II SPAR Marge Floyd.
Change of Watch for Foundation for Coast Guard History. Captain Robert L. Desh relieved Captain Fred F. Herzberg as Executive Director and Lieutenant Commander Rick Batson relieved Commander Dean Greenough as Treasurer. Increased Board of Regents membership to 10: VADM Howard Thorsen, Chairman; Captain Robert L. Desh, Co-Chairman, Executive Director; Regents – Captain Rob Ayer, Commander Donna Cottrell, Professor C. Doug Kroll, Captain Jim McEntire, Lieutenant Neil Ruenzel, Chief Warrant Officer Sandy Schwaab, Captain Phil Volk, Captain Fred Herzberg, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus.
Published three editions of The Cutter, FCGH’s magazine.