When Coast Guard Captain Paul Deveau passed away on April 25, 2012, the service lost a dedicated Shipmate, and a family lost a father, husband and friend. Shortly after his death, anonymous donors, friends of Capt. Deveau, pledged $50,000 to found a scholarship in his memory. Now Capt. Deveau's Coast Guard Academy classmates from the Class of 1985 are hoping to bolster fundraising efforts in honor of their departed friend.
Paul loved his family immensely and together they truly enjoyed his CG career. In Paul's Coast Guard career, he had the privilege to extensively travel the US with his family.
His assignments included: buoy tending from Florida to Maryland and New York, teaching mathematics and assist coaching soccer at the USCG Academy, working as an Aide to a Senator on Capitol Hill, commanding and navigating two buoy tenders through the Alaskan waters, becoming the G-OCC Systems Division Chief, serving as the executive assistant to the Commander of the Coast Guard's Pacific Area, commanding the WVA Operation Systems Center, and participating in the Department of Homeland Security Fellows Program and working as the Deputy Transition Officer on the DHS Presidential Transition Team, and serving as the CG-6 Acting Deputy Assistant Commandant.
Paul was dedicated, confident and diligent in all he did and his personal Coast Guard awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals with the Operational Distinguishing Device, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with the Operational Distinguishing Device, and the Naval Order Award as the Outstanding Junior Military Faculty member at the Coast Guard Academy.