Coast Guard posthumously awards author at lifesaving station

OCEAN CITY, N.J. – Lt. Cmdr. Sara Wallace presents Dorothy Wilkinson a Meritorious Public Service Award at the Ocean City Life Saving Station Sept. 16, 2011. Wilkinson’s husband William was recognized posthumously for his book, “American Coastal Rescue Craft: A design history of coastal rescue craft used by the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard.” U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn Kneen.

Post written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

The Coast Guard presented two awards to Dorothy Wilkinson posthumously honoring her husband, William Wilkinson, during a small ceremony at the Ocean City, N.J., lifesaving station.

OCEAN CITY, N.J. − Retired Vice Adm. James D. Hull, chairman of Foundation for Coast Guard History, presents the “Book of the Year” award to Dorothy Wilkinson at Ocean City Lifesaving Station Sept. 16, 2011.

Retired Vice Adm. James D. Hull, chairman of Foundation for Coast Guard History, presented the first award to Wilkinson on behalf of the Foundation for Coast Guard History as “Book of the Year.” Wilkinson was the co-author of “American Coastal Rescue Craft: A design history of coastal rescue craft used by the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard.”

“The foundation for Coast Guard History is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the recognition and prestige of the United States Coast Guard by emphasizing its illustrious past and contributions to the nation,” said Hull. “By publishing his book, William has added to the body of works, which ensures the people who served in the Coast Guard and her predecessor’s services will not be forgotten.”

Lt. Cmdr. Sara Wallace, member of Coast Guard headquarters, also presented Wilkinson with the Meritorious Public Service Award. The award posthumously recognized her husband for his achievements in promoting the history of the Coast Guard.

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