Large Unit History Award Winner: USCGC Campbell (WMEC 909). The cutter crew completed and dedicated the Campbell Heritage Project, which includes 44 artifacts displayed in an on-board museum, including medals awarded to former crewmen, four period models, five uniforms ranging from World War II to Vietnam, and paintings. In the view of the judges, “This simply is what this competition is all about.”
Small Unit History Award Winner: Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-5 in San Pedro, California. This is the first time an Auxiliary unit has won this award. The members worked alongside Aids to Navigation Team LA/LB to renovate Point Vicente Lighthouse, incorporating an interpretive museum covering Coast Guard and Auxiliary activities and displaying historic artifacts. More than 350,000 visitors have viewed this museum since 1992. While maintaining that presence, the team turned its attention to Point Hueneme Lighthouse in 2002, creating exhibits and displays telling the stories of the Coast Guard, Reserve, and Auxiliary team.
Lighthouses and Aids to Navigation: Neil E. Hurley, Florida Lighthouses in the Civil War
Coast Guard Heritage: Ken Wiley, Lucky Thirteen: D-Days in the Pacific with the U. S. Coast Guard in World War II
?Special Recognition: To Rear Admiral Joel Whitehead, Commander Eighth Coast Guard District, for his leadership in establishing the BM2 Marvin J. Perrett Award, to encourage district units to raise the public awareness of the challenges, accomplishments, and character of the men and women who have contributed to the proud heritage of the service.
Received grant of $25,000 from Tawani Foundation for research by LCDR Mike Bennett on the clandestine role of the Coast Guard with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
Supported publication of a major research volume on the evolution of all small rescue craft and surf boats ever employed by the USLSS and USCG.
Sponsored Captain C. C. VonPaulsen (CGA Class of 1913) for induction into the Hall of Heroes at CGA and participated in the induction ceremony.
Completed successful nomination package for RADM Edward “Iceberg” Smith (also class of 1913) for 2009 induction.
Supported LT Amy Florentino, Commanding Officer of the USCGC Katherine Walker, and her efforts to raise the visibility and recognition of Katherine Walker’s final resting place.
Together with the Central Jersey Navy League, provided a plaque to mark the grave of the Keeper of Robbin’s Reef Light from 1886 to 1919.
With the State of Rhode Island Historical Preservation Office and the family of Keeper Walter B. Eberle, supported installation of a Memorial Plaque at Whale Rock Light, Rhode Island. Keeper Eberle kept at his station during the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 until he and his light were washed into the sea on September 21, 1938.
Commissioned an original oil painting of the earliest Coast Guard aircraft, the Curtiss MF-Boat, and presented numbered and signed prints to VADM Vivian Crea, Vice Commandant, and to AMTCS Peter G. MacDougall, Gold and Silver Ancient Albatrosses, respectively.
Continued sponsorship of Coast Guard History Award to Honor Graduate of each Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development Class.
Delivered Coast Guard related presentations and key-note speeches at a variety of events, including the Great Lakes Coast Guard Reunion Awards.
Co-sponsored, with Navy League of the U.S., the annual Coast Guard Ball in Seattle.
Co-sponsored the visit of USCGC Eagle to Tacoma, WA, and its participation in the Tall Ships Festival.
Provided funding for summer intern in CG Historian’s Office.
Published three editions of The Cutter, FCGH’s magazine.