August 4: Press release announcing formation of The Foundation for Coast Guard History.
VADM Howard Thorsen joined CAPT Fred Herzberg to make the Foundation happen. LCDR Tom Beard and MMC Dennis Noble, Ph.D were very active supporters.
Incorporated in Connecticut to ensure future continuity.
Presented first awards:
Best Book on History: Shanks, York & Woo: The U.S. Life-Saving Service: Heroes, Rescues, Architecture.
Best Book on Lighthouses/Aids to Navigation: Noble: Lighthouses and Keepers: The U.S. Lighthouse Service and Its Legacy.
Heritage Award: Robert E. Johnson for his several books on CG heritage and history.
Francis Ross Holland Jr. for his several books on lighthouses, U.S. Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard.
Unit Award: USCGC Storis.
Issued first newsletter, 2 pages long.
Issued second newsletter, now called “The Cutter” for cutting straight to the point.
Created four-color membership brochure.
Issued third newsletter, now 5 pages in length.
Awarded first grant ($5000) to U. S. Naval Institute to record oral history of ADM Owen Siler, oldest living Commandant. This grant led to 6 more grants from other sources for oral histories of 6 more Commandants.
Signed Memorandum of Agreement with U.S. Coast Guard facilitating cooperation between both entities.
Created Foundation logo incorporating CG Shield, crossed anchors, waves, ropes and stars signifying CG heritage and book signifying scholarship and research.
Created lapel button and embroidered Life Membership jacket patch.
Best Book on History: Strowbridge & Noble: Alaska and the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, 1867-1915.
Best Book on Lighthouses/Aids to Navigation: Peterson: United States Lighthouse Service Tenders, 1840-1939.
Heritage Award: Truman R. Strowbridge, Historian of the Coast Guard (1970-1976), author of three books and hundreds of monographs.
Unit Award, Large Unit: Cape May Training Center.
Unit Award, Small Unit: Station, Marathon, Florida.
Provided funds for a summer intern in the office of the Coast Guard Historian.
Issued two more editions of “The Cutter.”
Published article “Semper Paratus Simply Forgotus” in USCGAAA Bulletin.
Provided funding for visual/oral history of RADM Peter V. Colmar.
Best Book on History: Ensign: Intelligence in the Rum War at Sea 1920-1933.
Best Book on Lighthouses/Aids to Navigation: Baker: Lighthouses of Texas.
a) Paul H. Johnson, Academy Librarian who established the first CG Museum there.
b) Captain David H. Webb, USCG, Retired, the first volunteer Curator at the Coast Guard Museum/NW who spent over 25 years volunteering as much as 5 days each week.
c) William D. Wilkinson, Director of the Mariners Museum in Newport News, created exhibits depicting the unique humanitarian role of the USCG.
Unit Award, Large Unit: Coast Guard Yard.
Unit Award, Small Unit: International Ice Patrol.
Special Recognition Award: Columbia River Maritime Museum, Station Tillamook Bay, OR and Instructors at the National Motor Lifeboat School, Ilwaco, WA, for jointly creating a display that can only be described as AWESOME!
Non-profit status: After working for 3 years under the auspices of the Coast Guard Museum/NW, the I.R.S. granted the Foundation non-profit status in its own right.
Initiated web site: fcgh.org
At the persistent urging of the Foundation, CG HQ provided 3 additional budgeted billets, bringing the total to 9 billets in the History Program. Hundreds more needed.
Best Book on History Award: Drumm: The Barque of Saviors: Eagle’s Passage from the Nazi Navy to the U. S. Coast Guard
Frump: Until the Sea Shall Free Them: Life, Death and Survival in the Merchant Marine.
Best Book on Lighthouses/Aids to Navigation: Finnerty: Lighthouses of Boston Harbor, Past and Present.
Heritage Award: Wayne C. Wheeler for creating the U.S. Lighthouse Society.
Sloan Wilson for his books on CG activities in WW II.
Unit Award, Large Unit: USCGC Chase.
Unit Award, Small Unit: USCGC Monhegan.
Special Medal Award to MCPO Vince Patton for his strong support of the Foundation during his tour as MCPOCG.
Initiated efforts to improve public access to the Coast Guard Museum/NW, which has been greatly restricted due to increased waterfront security.
The Foundation, led by VADM H. B. Thorsen and RADM R. L. Johanson, sponsored a pylon at Kitty Hawk to commemorate a Century of Flight. This pylon is the only one to fully recognize one of our armed forces.
Contributed to the dedication of the new Kings Point Station in honor of the only Coast Guardsman lost in the events of 9/11/01.
Preserved the oral history of perhaps the oldest living Lighthouse Keeper mere weeks before his passing.
Started accepting charge cards instead of only checks written with a quill.
Sponsored, prepared and edited a large-format, profusely-illustrated book “The Coast Guard” which sold out in 8 weeks.
Best Book on History: Kroll: Commodore Ellsworth Bertholf: First Commandant of the Coast Guard.
Heritage Awards: To the “Old Chief,” USCG WW II veteran John Stanford, for his weekly column in the NYC-area paper Harbor Watch and his bi-monthly publication Greenland Patrol Newsletter.
Unit Award, Large Unit: USCGC Tampa.
Unit Award, Small Unit: Aids to Navigation Team, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Provided funding to complete the oral history of ADM Merlin O’Neil.
Suggested names for new classes of cutters, performing the vetting to eliminate skeletons in the closets.
Produced visual/oral history of BMCM Tom McAdams.
Produced visual/oral history of VADM Thomas R. Sargent III.
Produced visual/oral history of Bernard Bailey.
Assisted artist in creating historically accurate renderings for 4th and 5th proposed murals for Academy Library Reading Rm
Funded acquisition of 5 WWII journals for the Office of Coast Guard Historian.
Continued efforts on many occasions to improve public access to the Coast Guard Museum/NW, which has been greatly restricted due to increased waterfront security.
Began filming past and current “CGC Eagle” Commanding Officers and Sail Masters, exploring the leadership challenges and opportunities presented by a square rigged-vessel in the 21st Century.
Provided stipend to support research on Edwin Emery by CAPT Ayer.
Provided stipend to support research on Mike Healey by Dennis Noble.
Provided stipend to support research on USRC Caleb Cushing and crew by Michael Strauss.
Provided funding for summer intern in Office of CG Historian.
Best Book on Coast Guard History: Capelotti: Rogue Wave: The U. S. Coast Guard On and After 9/11.
Best Book on Regional History: Buchholz: New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
Best Book on Lighthouses/Aids to Navigation: Voyageur Press: Series on Regional Lighthouses.
Heritage Awards: LCDR Jack A. Eckert, USCG, Ret., for his web site of 1000 sea stories and his books preserving them.
Unit Award, Large Unit: USCGC Escanaba.
Unit Award, Small Unit: Station Calumet Harbor, Michigan.
Medal Special Award: LCDR Tom Beard, USCG, Ret., for his outstanding efforts as Editor-in-Chief of The Coast Guard.
Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development Program Awards: started program to recognize the honor graduate of the CWO PD Program.
Issued three editions of “The Cutter,” now achieving 16 to 18 pages.
Initiated project to revise/review new edition of USCGA Tour Guide.
Initiated project to involve old sea dogs (CGA alums in local residence) in indoctrinating new 4/c cadets on CG history.
With RADM and Mrs. Van Sice, initiated project to involve cadets in writing about current heroes.
Provided detailed critique of draft of USCGA Tour Guide
Provided funding for filming Stuart Graham and Sergi Sikorski discussing early development of helicopters. Stu was Helicopter pilot #2
Provided funding for summer intern in CG Historian’s Office.
Best Book on Coast Guard History:
Novak, Edited by Capelotti: Life and Death on the Greenland Patrol
Best Book on Lighthouses/Aids to Navigation:
O’Neil: Images of America: Point Sur
CDR Maurice Gibbs, USN, Ret., for his work for the United States Lifesaving Heritage Association, the Nantucket Life-Saving Museum, and the Nantucket Historical Association.
CWO4 Ken Black, USCG, Ret., for his decades of devotion to saving and displaying lighthouse artifacts. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is a direct result of his work.
Unit Award, Large Unit: USCG Training Center, Yorktown, VA
Unit Award, Small Unit: Station Merrimack River, Newburyport, MA
Provided a plaque and 20,000 brochures for the new USCGC Mackinaw Museum upon the vessel's decommissioning.
Provided a brick for the Coast Guard Memorial Plaza in Baltimore, MD.
Filmed and edited the life story of YNCM Phil F. Smith, the second MCPO-CG.
Provided consulting services and participated in dedication of “Coast Guard Walk of History” at Grand Haven, MI.
Provided stipend to Dennis Noble to assist in research on Captain Cantwell.
Provided funding to LT Michael Bennett for research on CG role with Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in WW II.
Continued efforts to improve public access to CG Museum/NW with at least some success in signage to inform the public.
With the assistance of Admiral Thad Allen, provided a copy of “The Coast Guard” to the President.
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.
Best Book on Coast Guard History:
Laguardia-Kotite, Martha: So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death.
Patten, Juliana Fern: Another Side of World War II: A Coast Guard Lieutenant in the South Pacific.
Best Book on Lighthouses/Aids to Navigation:
Roberts, Cheryl Shelton and Bruce Roberts: Lighthouse Families.
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.
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 personnel 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.
Unit Award, Large Unit: Sector, Charleston, SC
Unit Award, Small Unit: 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.
Commissioned an original oil painting and presented reproductions of USCGC Northland to:
Silver Ancient Mariners: Master Chief Damage Controlman Amritt Villa and Senior Chief Gunners Mate Chris Kukla
Gold Ancient Mariner: VADM Robert J. Papp
Filmed oral history of WW II SPAR Marge Foydl
Change of Watch for Foundation for Coast Guard History
Captain Robert L. Desh relieved Captain Fred F. Herzberg as Executive Director
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 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
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, the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter 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 F-Boat. Presented reproductions 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
Large Unit: CGC 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: 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. This museum has been viewed by more than 350,000 visitors 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 for his book “Florida Lighthouses in the Civil War”
Coast Guard Heritage: Ken Wiley for his book “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.
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.
Co-Sponsored, with Navy League of the U.S., the visit of the Coast Guard Band to Seattle on its tour to Japan.