GET TO KNOW OUR V.P. “DUSTY”
(Continue from the Spring Issue)
was on one of the times that I was on liberty that I went to the Beebe Hospital
in Lewes, Delaware
to visit a Coast Guardsman who was in the hospital. He bad spent 30 years in
the Lighthouse service, and United States Coast Guard serving on the Five
Fathom Lightship, Overfalls Lightship, and·
Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse and various other assignments in the Lighthouse
service and the Coast Guard. Upon entering the Beebe Hospital
the lady at the switchboard in the communications gave me the directions to the
room of Charles Plummer. Upon leaving the hospital I thanked her for giving me
the directions to his room. and that he was feeling better. That is when she informed
me that Charles Plummer was her father
To make a long story short we
have been married forty eight years. We have a daughter Cheryl who is a
registered nurse. She has three children. Melissa is in college and wants to go
into the field of teaching. Amy, the last time I heard, was thinking of going
into real estate. Charlie wants to be an architect. I wish them all well.
Getting back to the Coast
After that I was assigned to
be a Yeoman at the office at Cape May,
New Jersey. After that I was assigned to be a Yeoman at
the office at the Lewes Coast Guard Station. Lewes, Delaware.
Among several of my duties Yeoman, Radio operator in the tower, truck driver,
and they even had me cook for everyone when the cook was sick, I was assigned
that whenever a sick, ill, inured. or deceased person was taken off of a ship
coming into the Delaware Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, and brought ashore by the
Pilot Boat it was my duty to meet the Pilot Boat at the Lewes, Delaware dock,
and go with the ambulance and patient to the Beebe Hospital Lewes, Delaware and
meet the United States Customs Agent Mildred Austin and turn the person over to
her, and she would do her paper work and contact the family, and make
arrangements and see that the person and or the body was sent home. I observed
my second autopsy at the Beebe Hospital Lewes, Delaware of a man who died of
yellow fever and bad been on a ship that had been in the Iron Curtin countries
and had not had his shots. One man was brought in off one of the ships, and all
of the fingers on one of his bands bad been cut off when a hatch cover broke
loose during a storm. On several occasions sailors would be brought in to see a
doctor and then return to their ship.
I completed my four years
active duty at the Lewes Coast guard station in Lewes, Delaware.
I completed my two years
inactive at Fort McHenry,
in Baltimore, Maryland
As you recall that is where Francis Scott Key wrote
the Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, in 1814 when the British bombarded
during the battle of Baltimore,
While living at Baltimore, Maryland I saw
in the Baltimore
newspaper that they were hiring police officers at the Milford Police
Department Milford, DE. I put in my application and was hired on May 26, 1965
and I have been employed there every since. I have served my country 49 years
in home land security.
My wife Eve and I enjoy being
charter members of the Delaware Bay Lighthouse Keepers and Friends Association.
We especially enjoy going on
the boat rides each summer when we take people to see the lighthouses of the
Delaware Bay and teach them about the lighthouses and their keepers, as the
mission of our organization is to preserve the history of the Delaware
Bay and River Lighthouses, Lightships. and their Keepers.
The very best thing that
happened to me while in the United States Coast Guard is that I met my wife,
Eve and our marriage will last a lifetime.