As previously mentioned, the Coast Guard Compass has been running a series providing information about the men and women the first fourteen Fast Response Cutters are to be named for. Since my last post on this subject, they have completed the series. The last three in the series are:
- Isaac Mayo a late 19th century junior surfman who served on Cape Cod
- Richard Dixon, a late 20th century surfboat coxswain who earned two Coast Guard Medals serving in the Pacific Northwest
- Heriberto Herandez, a fireman who was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Purple Heart for action in Vietnam.
If you would like to catch up on the stories of the other men and women these vessels are named for, you can find them below.
- Bernard C. Webber
- Richard Etheridge
- William Ray Flores
- Robert J. Yered
- Margaret Norvell
- Paul Leaman Clark
- Charles Walter David Jr.
- Charles Sexton
- Kathleen Moore
- Joseph Napier
- William Trump
Incidentally, I’d like to see us start referring to these as the “Hero class” cutters, a lot less awkward than “Fast Response Cutter” and more meaningful than FRC.