James "Jimmy" Coleman, Jr, President of the Board of Directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association and long-time Coast Guard Foundation Director, was presented with the 2012 Spirit of Hope award for his selfless dedication and unwavering leadership to establish a National Coast Guard Museum that will honor the commitment, accomplishments, and sacrifices of Coast Guard men and women.
Mr. Coleman accepts the Spirit of Hope Award from Coast Guard Vice Commandant VADM John Currier on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Coleman was among four recipients of the Spirt of Hope award presented on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 during a ceremony at the Pentagon Library in Washington, DC. Each branch of the armed services nominates someone for the award, which recognizes volunteer efforts for the military. The Spirit of Hope honor is named after comedian Bob Hope, who dedicated countless hours to the men and women of the armed services through his work with the USO.
Mr. Coleman has served on the Coast Guard Foundation board since 1997.
"On behalf of the Coast Guard Foundation, we congratulate Mr. Coleman for this prestigious award," said Robert J. Flynn, Chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Directors. "For more than 16 years, Jimmy has served on our board of directors, and he has always answered the call. Whether it was Coast Guard members needing help in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, scholarships for Coast Guard dependents, or morale and leadership projects in Massachusetts, Michigan, or the Coast Guard Academy, he has been a steadfast supporter of the men and women of the Service. His commitment to, and leadership of, the National Coast Guard Museum project will ensure that the rich and deep history of the Coast Guard is documented for all Americans to witness. For his support of the Coast Guard, we are eternally grateful."
As chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, he has worked to bring this national museum to a reality. He is chairman of International Matex Tank Terminals in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Troubled that the Coast Guard is the only military service without a national museum, Coleman has shown unrelenting commitment in planning all aspects of a National Coast Guard Museum that will be a lasting tribute to the rich history of the Coast Guard and its forbears.