ISS2 2018

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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AWARDS Defense Meritorious Service Medal CDR Michael McCarthy Joint Service Commendation Medal LCDR Frederick Merritt Coast Guard Commendation Medal LCDR John Massingill LCDR Patrick Hanley LT Jennifer Wong-Reiss YNC Laura Dovico YN1 Rhonda Eady MK1 Ryan Swartz BM3 Katrina Aronoff Coast Guard Unit Commendation Port Security Unit 305 Coast Guard Achievement Medal LT Erin Giblon LT Stonie Carlson LT Elizabeth Montesnation CWO Ayla Benavides YNC Katharine Bolles BMC Kirstin MacLean EM1 Victor Pavone YN2 Angela Vinson EM3 Kevin Henderson Commandant's Letter of Commendation: BMC Lawton ME1 Eric Roberts BM1 Thomas Carroll TAPS Cmdr. Alvin Elias Waldron, Jr., USCGR, 94, of Roswell, Ga., passed away Nov. 22, 2017. In addition to his parents and wife of 59 years, Helen, Alvin is predeceased by five sisters: Dolores, Doris, Betty, Mary Ann, and Jeanne. He is survived by sons Michael, Franklin and William, and their respective spouses, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was born May 22, 1923 in Atlanta and enlisted in the Navy in 1940. He served in in World War II in the Asiatic and Pacific theaters. After the war, he continued to serve in the Navy, Navy Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve until retiring in 1983. The commander spent much of his professional life as a certified public accountant, establishing his own business shortly after graduating with an accounting degree in 1952 from University of Georgia, Atlanta Division (later to become Georgia State University). He was active in his church and on the golf course, and he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife. Editor's note: Send your unit's names and awards (no citation needed) to Chief Petty Officer John Paul Wright, 52, USCGR, of Unionville, Va., passed away Monday, Mar. 4. He was born April 18, 1966. Chief Wright, a marine science technician, joined the Coast Guard in 1989, and he served in Incident Management Division of Sector Hampton Roads, Va. He was a teacher who has just started working as an eighth-grade science teacher at Locust Grove Middle School at the start of the current school year. Previously, Chief Wright taught at Orange County High School since 2012. In addition to being a science teacher, he was also a coach in both soccer and track. Chief will be remembered by his shipmates as a consummate and dedicated reservist. He was both a technical expert and a teacher committed to encouraging the next generation to succeed. His wife, Laura, said, "John loved serving with each and every one of his shipmates." He will be missed by his family, friends, students and fellow Coast Guardsmen. Issue 2 • 2018 � RESERVIST 47

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