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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 fall at an induction ceremony 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 2017 honorees will be inducted on November 19, 2017:

Vice Admiral K. Williams 

Kent Williams
Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
Class of 1965

Vice Admiral Williams graduated with honors in Engineering in 1965 and is a distinguished graduate from U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College. He also graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was in command of the following: USCGC Durable, several patrol boats home-ported in Cape May, New Jersey and Da Nang, Vietnam and Coast Guard Station Cape May, New Jersey. He also commanded the first Coast Guard District in Boston, Massachusetts.

Learn more about Vice Admiral Williams. 

Admiral J. Hayes 

John B. Hayes
Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
Class of 1946

Admiral Hayes was born on August 30, 1924 in Jamestown, New York. He arrived at the Coast Guard Academy on July 14, 1943 and graduated on June 5, 1946. He served in command positions at LORAN station Matsumae, Japan; Coast Guard Base Key West; on USCGC Sagebrush, and on USCGC Vigilant. He attended Naval War College in 1964 then accepted command of Naval Task Group 115.4 and was also was Commander, Division II, Coast Guard Squadron One in Vietnam. He was the 16th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. He passed away on January 17, 2001.

Learn more about Admiral Hayes. 

Captain J. Austin 

John M. Austin
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Class of 1945

Captain Austin was born in Iowa in 1922 and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1944. He served on the USS Callaway from 1944 until 1946. He participated in the invasions of Anguar, Letye, Luzon, and Iwo Jima. His ship was attacked by kamikaze en route to Luzon and 30 souls were lost in the attack. Later in his career, he was the commanding officer of LORAN Station St Paul's Island. He then served on USCGC Unalga, USCGC Mackinaw, USCGC Woodbine and USCGC Winona. He also served as an inspection officer in Cleveland, Detroit, Seattle and St. Ignace. He served on staffs of the Third Coast Guard District and was the deputy chief of Marine Environment and Systems at Coast Guard Headquarters. In addition, he served as captain of the port and base commander in Marie, Michigan.

Learn more about Captain Austin. 

Vice Admiral T. Sargent 

Thomas R. Sargent
Vice Admiral , U.S. Coast Guard
Class of 1938

Vice Admiral Sargent was born on December 20, 1914 in London, England. He arrived at the United States Coast Guard Academy on August 1, 1934 and graduated on June 2, 1938. As a cadet, he was a boxer and ran cross country. Upon graduation he served on the USCGC Tahoe (1938) and USCGC Modoc (1942). He assumed command of the Navy Sub-Chaser USS PC-469. He then served on the USCGC Duane (1943), Sandusky (1944), and Bibb (1951). He also served as chief engineer for the 9th Coast Guard District and in 1966 became the Operations Division Chief of the 11th Coast Guard District. He was then appointed by congress to be the commander of the 11th Coast Guard District. On May 26, 1970 he was appointed to Vice Admiral and served as the Chief of Staff in Washington D.C. On July 1, 1974, VADM Sargent retired and on May 29, 2010 he passed away.

Learn more about Vice Admiral Sargent. 

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