Last Thursday marked the Coast Guard Foundation's 31st Annual Salute to the Coast Guard in New York City. The event honored the brave men and women who wear the Coast Guard uniform across the country and the globe. The Foundation also awarded two Coast Guard crews — an air crew from Sitka, Alaska and a boat crew from Tillamook Bay, Oregon — for exceptional heroism in the line of duty. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was also awarded for performing a daring rescue while he was off-duty.
Adm. James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.), former Coast Guard Commandant, served as the evening's emcee. He praised the men and women of the Coast Guard for their continued dedication and service to their nation, and thanked the Foundation for our efforts in supporting these brave individuals. The crew of CG-6038, a Sitka, Alaska-based helicopter group, was 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. To read full accounts of the daring rescues the two crews were recognized for, click here.
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.
The boat crew from Tillamook Bay, Oregon accepts the 2011 Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism last Thursday.