It's with great sadness that we relay the news of the passing of Walcott "Wally" Younger, a Coast Guard Foundation Trustee, who passed away in Seattle, Washington on January 10. Mr. Younger, who was born August 28, 1928 in New York City, served on the Foundation's board since 2001, and generously supported our mission in the Pacific Northwest.
Wally, an avid mariner, dedicated himself to educating the sea-going public by spending 45 years with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the volunteer arm of the service. His passion for safety at sea came from an experience he had while fishing in rough seas in the 1960s off of the Washington coast. He was able to get a line to another distressed vessel and bring them to safety. Wally had an expansive knowledge of the local waterways near Seattle, as well as excellent navigational skills, which made him a valuable asset for the local Auxiliary units there.
Eventually, his interests turned toward mentoring recruits at the Coast Guard Academy. A former merchant marine who served in World War II in the Pacific, Wally spent many summers living at the Academy where he helped new cadets adjust to military life. Wally was a graduate of Yale University. The Coast Guard Foundation is accepting donations in Wally's memory.
He will be missed. You can read his full obituary here.
Wally Younger (center) pictured here with Coast Guard Foundation President Anne B. Brengle and Chief Operating Officer, Bradley Sisley in Seattle last year.