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  • Ellsworth P. Bertholf photo

    Bertholf, Ellsworth P.

    Class of 1887

    Congressional Gold Medal

    For service as set forth in the following letter from Congress:

    It affords me great pleasure to forward to you herewith the Gold Medal recommended by President William McKinley, and ordered by the unanimous vote of the Congress of the United States in recognition of your heroic services as one of the three officers of the Revenue Cutter Service who composed the Overland Expedition to Point Barrow, Arctic Ocean, for the relief of imperiled whalers. The conditions which confronted you throughout that four months’ march beginning the 16th day of December, 1897, were full of difficulty, discouragement and ever present danger, but you and your gallant comrades, Lieutenant D. H. Jarvis and Surgeon Samuel J. Call, prosecuted your journey and fulfilled your mission undaunted and undeterred.

    The estimation and appreciation in which your great services were and are held, cannot be better expressed than in the language of President McKinley in his Special Message to Congress, under the date of January 17, 1899, wherein he said: “The hardships and perils encountered by the members of the Overland Expedition in their great journey through the almost uninhabited region, a barren waste of ice and snow, facing death itself every day for nearly four months, over a route never before traveled by white men, with no refuge but at the end of the journey, carrying relief and cheer to 275 distressed citizens of our country, all make another glorious page in the history of American seamen. They reflect by their heroic and gallant struggles the highest credit upon themselves and the Government, which they faithfully served. I commend this heroic crew to the grateful consideration of Congress and the American people.”

    Lieutenant Bertholf later became the first Commandant of the newly formed United States Coast Guard in 1915. (Download pdf) 

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    Elmer Fowler Stone

    Class of 1913

    Navy Cross Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Elmer Fowler Stone, United States Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as pilot of seaplane NC-4, in making the first successful transatlantic flight.


    Further described in the following Summary:


    Known as the Father of Coast Guard aviation, and commissioned just 10 years after the Wright brothers sponsored the birth of aviation, Lieutenant Stone helped bring the idea of a “flying lifeboat” to the attention of the upper echelons in Washington. By the spring of 1916, the Commandant, Captain Ellsworth P. Bertholf, had joined the effort, initiated by LT Stone, and was pushing for Congress to authorize the establishment of an “Aerial Coast Patrol.” Subsequently, Stone was assigned to the NC Seaplane Squadron to help with a plan the Navy developed, to make the very first transatlantic crossing by an airplane. In May of 1919, the NC Seaplane Squadron was ready, with LT Stone being the only Coast Guard member. As pilot of NC-4, LT Stone ended up as the only one to actually complete the crossing.


    After this historic transit, he was from then on simply referred to as Coast Guard Aviator Number 1. He died from natural causes while on active duty as a Commander. (Download pdf) 

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    Miles H. Imlay

    Class of 1926

    Silver Star Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Deputy Commander of an Assault Group participating in the initial invasion on the coast of France, June 6, 1944. Undaunted by heavy enemy fire, Captain Imlay courageously took station close to the shore on the early morning of D-Day and throughout the most bitter period of the fighting, coolly and promptly made spot decisions on the reorganization, grouping and dispatching of craft to the beach, subsequently relieving the Task Group Commander of his duties when he withdrew his transports from the assault area. Immediately thereafter, he was placed in charge of operations afloat as assistant to the Naval Officer in Charge of one of the beaches and, discharging the duties of this responsibility with distinctive professional ability, contributed essentially to the rapid clearing of the backlog of ships. Captain Imlay’s brilliant leadership, broad knowledge of tactical warfare, and gallant devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were essential factors in the success of our invasion operation and reflect the highest credit on the United States Naval Service.


    Captain Imlay later commanded the Barque Eagle, and retired at the rank of Rear Admiral. (Download pdf) 

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    Kenneth C. Cowart

    Class of 1926

    Silver Star Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Summary:


    In February 1943 Coast Guard Cutters Campbell and Spencer took over a 42-ship convoy escort to guard the convoy against “wolf packs” of German submarines attempting to cut off the flow of allied shipping. By February 21st, despite aggressive patrolling to keep them down, the convoy was surrounded by shadowing submarines, and the battle ensued. Campbell sank at least two submarines and helped drive off another six U-boats during the following night before being struck just under the bridge by another submarine, dragging its hydroplanes along the cutter’s hull, cutting a 15-foot gash in the cutter’s engine room below the water line. Campbell was able to get two depth charges dropped from the stern racks and followed with 32 rounds of three-inch, and ten magazines of 20-millimeter before the searchlight went out as the ship lost power from the flooding in her engine room, and began to drift helplessly in the darkness and six-foot seas. CDR Cowart led the damage control parties onboard Campbell as they worked furiously, often in water up to their waists to save the ship. Weight was jettisoned, hundreds of gallons of fuel pumped overboard, gun mounts cut away, and ammunition thrown overboard in an attempt to lighten ship and heel her over far enough to get at the hole in the hull. After a five-day tow, she arrived safely in port and was eventually repaired and lived to fight again.


    Commander Cowart was later the Chief Engineer of the Coast Guard, and retired at the rank of Vice Admiral. (Download pdf) 

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    Quentin R. Walsh

    Class of 1933

    Navy Cross Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    For the extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of a United States Naval Reconnaissance Party assigned the mission of reconnoitering the Naval Facilities and Arsenal at Cherbourg, France, June 26 and 27, 1944. A gallant and aggressive leader, Commander Walsh courageously engaged in active street fighting with the enemy as he led his party in the skillful penetration of the eastern half of the city and, while advancing through scattered pockets of resistance and extremely hazardous areas which were still subjected to hostile fire, accepted the surrender of approximately four hundred enemy forces at the Naval Arsenal and disarmed them. Subsequently receiving the unconditional surrender of three hundred and fifty other officers and men, he released fifty-two United States Army paratroopers who were prisoners in the fort. Commander Walsh’s brilliant initiatives, inspiring leadership and successful accomplishment of a difficult mission reflect great credit upon himself, his command, and the United States Naval Service.


    Commander Walsh was physically disabled following his heroic acts in France. He retired at the rank of Captain. (Download pdf) 

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    William E. Murphy

    Class of 1945

    Silver Star Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against enemy Japanese Forces in the Southwest Pacific Area, January 8, 1945. Causing himself to be lowered into a wrecked clipping room on his ship, Ensign Murphy rescued an injured man while the room was still burning and ammunition in it exploding. By his unselfish and courageous action, he saved the life of the shipmate, and his gallant devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


    Further described in the following Summary:


    Aboard the USS Callaway (APA-35) in the South China Sea, Ensign Murphy, the ship’s Signal Officer at General Quarters, was at his battle station on the signal bridge during a Kamikaze attack. Ensign Murphy and the Chief Signalman flattened themselves on the deck as the fireball passed over them. After recovering, they were able to look down into the 20mm clipping room where aviation fuel was still blazing and 20mm shells were detonating. A badly injured survivor was standing amid the wreckage, calling for help. Lowered into the scene of carnage with the Chief Signalman’s help, Murphy hoisted the injured man to the Chief, who pulled him up onto the deck. The rescued man later succumbed to his injuries, and was among thirty-one Callaway fatalities, including nine of Murphy’s signalmen, who were buried at sea in the South China Sea.


    Ensign Murphy later became an aviator and retired at the rank of Captain. (Download pdf) 

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    Eugene J. Hickey

    Class of 1960

    Silver Star Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Summary:


    In response to the Secretary of the Navy’s request for maintaining waterborne surveillance patrols of the inland and coastal waters of Vietnam, Lieutenant Hickey was assigned as one of the first Commanding Officers to lead a contingent of Coast Guard 82 foot patrol boats assigned to the mission. In January 1966, Lieutenant Hickey took command of CGC Point White (WPB 82308) with additional duties as Chief Staff Officer for the new Division. Point White had not been in-country a month when she started patrols in a Viet Cong controlled area of the Soi Rap River in the Long An Province. Point White soon spotted a junk crossing the river and attempted to stop it. The junk had 14 Viet Cong aboard who opened fire with small arms and automatic weapons. Point White returned the fire and Lieutenant Hickey achieved decisive victory by ramming and sinking the junk. Point White killed eight Viet Cong and captured four. During the engagement, one of the prisoners fell overboard and Lieutenant Hickey dove over the side to rescue the wounded man.


    During the first year of operations in Vietnam, the Coast Guard cutters of Squadron One killed or captured 75 Viet Cong, boarded 35,000 junks, destroyed sixteen junks and one steel hull vessel, captured more than 100 tons of enemy weapons and supplies, and participated in special operations in support of U.S. and South Vietnamese forces.


    Lieutenant Hickey later retired at the rank of Captain. (Download pdf) 

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    Ronald J. Davies

    Lieutenant Junior Grade
    Class of 1964

    Coast Guard Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Summary:


    In the early morning hours of April 8th, 1966 an urgent radio message was intercepted, reporting fire aboard the Norwegian passenger vessel Viking Princess. A total of 235 passengers and 246 crew were aboard. The Cook Inlet arrived on scene and found Viking Princess fully aflame and apparently abandoned. Paint on the outside of the hull was beginning to scorch and blister over large areas from the intense interior heat. Lieutenant Junior Grade Davies, Cook Inlet’s Damage Control Officer, was one of the first to board, over a 30-foot debarkation ladder hanging from the windward quarter. As the Rescue and Assistance Team advanced toward the fire boundary they could see the rivets around the doorway frames glowing in the dark, “looking like the gates to hell”. All members of the party voluntarily underwent great peril in proceeding below decks in heavy smoke where routes of access were unfamiliar and the extent of the fire’s travel could not be clearly discerned. No evidence of survivors was found, and after about a half hour the Commanding Officer of Cook Inlet could see from the pattern of smoldering paint on the outside that the fire was advancing beneath the boarding party, and ordered their withdrawal. No survivors were found on board, and after two days, it was established that all personnel were accounted for.


    Lieutenant Junior Grade Davies continued his career in engineering, and retired at the rank of Captain. (Download pdf) 

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    James M. Loy

    Class of 1964

    Bronze Star Medal (with Valor)

    For service as set forth in the following Summary:


    Lieutenant James Loy was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for Valor during the Vietnam War for his actions from October, 1966 through April, 1967 as Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Cutter Point Lomas. Cited for two distinct actions, Lieutenant Loy distinguished himself as a courageous and intelligent leader. Immediately after assuming command, Lieutenant Loy was tasked to insert a covert team of Marines well north of the DMZ. During the landing, the Point Lomas and the insertion team came under extremely heavy enemy fire. Lieutenant Loy immediately recovered the insertion team, firing at enemy positions to ensure their safety. After several additional attempts over a 24-hour period, Lieutenant Loy completed the mission, safely inserting the covert Marine team with no casualties. In March of 1967, Lieutenant Loy led the Point Lomas in a heroic combat search and rescue effort which saved the lives of 20 Marines. During a horrific storm, a Marine CH-3 Jolly Green Giant crashed on the beach at the entrance of Da Nang Harbor in enemy territory. Lieutenant Loy arrived on scene and provided covering fire for the periled air crew, recovering half of the Marines during the course of the evening, and providing cover for a Marine land search and rescue team that rescued the remaining soldiers the next morning.


    Lieutenant Loy would become the twenty-first Commandant of the Coast Guard, and retired at the rank of Admiral. He later became the Director of the Transportation Security Administration, and the Deputy and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. (Download pdf) 

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    Bruce E. Melnick

    Class of 1972

    NASA Space Flight Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Summary:


    Commander Melnick was selected for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut program in 1987, one of 15 selectees from 1,962 applicants. He was the first Coast Guard astronaut. Named as mission specialist for the space shuttle Discovery crew, he trained for the next three years with NASA. Discovery was launched for a four day mission, STS-41, on October 6th, 1990. The nearly flawless four-day flight, the first in a series to launch four space shuttles in five months, raised the spirits of space program officials considerably, and contributed to the continuation of support for NASA programs. Shortly after his return from STS-41, Commander Melnick was selected for the STS-49 crew as flight engineer in Endeavor, assigned to operating the shuttle’s arm to retrieve and repair the IntelSat IV satellite. After launch in May 7th, 1992, despite his precise control of the shuttle arm, attempts by the spacewalkers to attach a specially designed capture bar failed. Melnick finally proposed an operation by three spacewalkers to establish the necessary control. His plan was executed and resulted in a successful mission.


    Commander Melnick logged more than 300 hours in space, and retired at the rank of Commander. (Download pdf) 

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    Jeffrey Bauer

    Class of 1984

    Bronze Star Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    For exceptional meritorious service as Commanding Officer, Port Security Unit 307 and Boat Officer for the Force Protection Mission at Shuaybah Port, Kuwait, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Commander Bauer displayed superb leadership and unparalleled resourcefulness in leading over 200 sailors and Coast Guardsmen in this critical mission. He was directly responsible for boat operations in support of the force protection mission at two separate ports in Kuwait, which provided security for the largest movement of troops and supplies since World War II. Commander Bauer’s actions represent the best of the citizen soldier. Commander Bauer is a credit to the Naval Coastal Warfare and United States Coast Guard.


    Commander Bauer served as a volunteer in both Gulf War Conflicts, and remains in the Selective Reserve. (Download pdf) 

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    Daniel C. Burbank

    Class of 1985

    NASA Space Flight Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Summary:


    Commander Burbank reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996 following his selection by NASA to the astronaut program in 1996. After completing two years of training and evaluation, Burbank worked for the Astronaut Office Operations Planning Branch, the International Space Station, and served as CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for both the Shuttle and International Space Station. He was also a member of the Space Shuttle Cockpit Avionics Upgrade design team. He flew as a mission specialist on STS-106 (September 8-20, 2000), where the crew successfully prepared the International Space Station for the arrival of the first permanent crew. The five astronauts and two cosmonauts delivered more than 6,600 pounds of supplies, installed batteries, power converters, oxygen generation equipment and connected communications cables to the newly arrived Zvesda Service Module and the Space Station. STS-106 orbited the Earth 185 times, and covered 4.9 million miles in 11 days, 19 hours, and 10 minutes.


    In 2005, Commander Burbank remains on active duty in the astronaut program, and is scheduled for future shuttle missions. (Download pdf) 

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    Holly R. Harrison

    Class of 1995

    Bronze Star Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    For meritorious achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as Commanding Officer, USCGC Aquidneck (WPB 1309) deployed with Commander, United States Fifth Fleet from March to April 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Harrison led the crew of Aquidneck during combat operations within the internal and territorial waters of Iraq with overwhelming success. Due to her uncommon bravery and tactical brilliance, Aquidneck represented the first line of defense for Coalition Naval Forces providing protection for coalition mine hunters within established mine danger areas in the internal waters of Iraq. Her impressive tactical skill and unparalleled leadership were demonstrated when escorting humanitarian assistance shipping to Umm Qasr, ensuring the expeditious flow of food and medicine to the people of Iraq. Her maintenance of a well-trained and tactically proficient crew and ship, which operated in excess of four times the normal operational tempo in a combat environment, was critical to the successful liberation of Iraq. Lieutenant Harrison’s total effectiveness, forceful leadership, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon her and upheld the highest traditions of the Coast Guard and the United States Naval Service.


    In 2005, Lieutenant Harrison remains on active duty in the Coast Guard. (Download pdf)