Taking care of Coast Guard families is one of the Coast Guard Foundation’s most solemn, and important tasks. It’s thanks to our supporters that we stand always ready to act in times of tragedy and help families and Coast Guard members grieve without having to worry about the financial burden during these difficult, heart-wrenching situations.
Sadly, this October our Fallen Heroes program was activated to support the family, friends, and shipmates of Ensign Richard ‘Ricky’ Davies.
Davies, 22, was a 2016 Coast Guard Academy graduate who in June reported aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as a Deck Watch Officer.
To honor the life and memory of this dedicated shipmate the Foundation worked closely with the Coast Guard to provide a memorial service at the Academy with a reception, flower arrangements, and airline tickets and buses for Davies’ family and shipmates from the Tahoma to be present.
Friends, family, faculty and staff gather together during a mass held in honor of Ensign Richard Davies, Oct. 21, 2016. Official U.S. Coast Guard photos.
During Davies’ four years as a cadet at the Academy he was a dedicated student athlete, consummate teammate and friend. A star player of the men’s soccer team he played 75 games scoring nine goals for the Bears. Through his hard work and support from family, friends, professors, coaches, and teammates Davies’ graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Environmental Science.
Davies was assigned as Command, Control, and Communications Officer leading a division of six enlisted members, a chief petty officer and five petty officers. His team managed the Tahoma’s operational hub with Davies earning the respect of seniors, peers and subordinates with his caring and down to earth attitude.
The Coast Guard Foundation is deeply saddened by Davies’ passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and shipmates.