The Foundation honored the heroic efforts of two Coast Guard crews — one helicopter crew and one fast boat crew — at our 31st annual national awards dinner in New York last Thursday. The evening honored the bravery and courage of the guardians who enforce maritime law, protect our homeland, and preserve the environment.
During the dinner program two Coast Guard crews were awarded the 2011 Coast Guard Foundation Awards for Heroism. The crew of CG-6038, a Sitka, Alaska-based unit, will be honored for the harrowing rescue of an injured hiker stranded on a freezing mountain cliff they performed in early January. The crew of a fast-rescue boat in Tillamook Bay, Oregon was awarded for the heroism they displayed in rescuing a crew of fishermen whose boat was capsized and torn in half by a 16-foot wave last October.
A third award, the U.S. Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving Medal, was awarded to Petty Officer Thomas McArthur, a rescue swimmer who rescued 12 people in a single day from dangerous rip currents in Lake Michigan. Petty Officer McArthur was off duty at the time.
"Our annual tribute brings together our partners and the community to honor the heroic efforts of men and women who wear the Coast Guard uniform," said Coast Guard Foundation President Anne Brengle. "The Coast Guard has been at the forefront of meeting the nation's enormous homeland security challenges, and we are proud to recognize them."
The fast boat crew from Tillamook Bay, Oregon accepts the 2011 Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism.
The Foundation's dinners raise important funds to support the men and women of the Coast Guard, as well as raise awareness about the vital services the Coast Guard provides our country. These brave individual never seek the spotlight, but they deserve it.
The evening featured keynote remarks from the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Robert J. Papp, while former commandant Adm. James Loy, USCG (Ret.) served as the master of ceremonies.