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Wall of Gallantry
Each year, a specially appointed Cadet Awards Board selects up to twelve Academy Alumni from a larger group of nominees to be honored for distinguished acts of heroic service. Honorees are recognized in the Spring at a review held in their honor and then featured on the Wall of Gallantry. This display is part of the Chase Hall “Hall of Heroes” corridor and pays tribute to individuals who’ve earned an outstanding award.

The Wall of Gallantry serves as a regular reminder to Cadets and the public of the scope of responsibilities and sacrifice demanded of Coast Guard officers throughout history. Plaques include the individual's photo, a citation with detailed recounting of the circumstances which led to the honor and a map marking the geographic point of the heroic act. Some plaques also include career highlights as a postscript, though it should be noted that plaques of officers who are not yet fully retired may not reflect accomplishments subsequent to their induction ceremonies.


Select the year in the left navigation to learn more about those alumni who have been honored in the past. 


The following 2013 honorees were inducted on April 26, 2013:


  • Rear Admiral Stephen H. Evans, Class of 1927
  • Captain William K. Earle, Class of 1940
  • Captain Robert E. Emerson, Class of 1943
  • Captain Francis X. Riley, Class of 1943
  • Commander John S. Davis, Class of 1961
  • Captain Kenneth W. Thompson, Class of 1964
  • Commander Richard W. Walton, Class of 1965
  • Captain Gerald L. Underwood, Class of 1966
  • Captain Paul A. Langlois, Class of 1976
  • Commander William F. McMeekin, Class of 1982