How many names will be on the memorial?
There are over 1,500 names to be engraved.
How can I add a person’s name to the memorial?
If there is an enlisted member that you believe is missing from the list that died in the performance or in support of one of the Coast Guard’s missions please send a copy of any verifiable documentation and circumstances of death to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to CG Enlisted Memorial Foundation, Inc., PO Box 476, Cape May, NJ 08204.
There are infinite scenarios that may lead to the death of a service member. Once the documentation is gathered, the board of trusties will make the final determination.
Why isn’t every enlisted member who died included in the memorial?
While it is true that members of the military are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week; this memorial is specifically founded for those who died performing or in support of Coast Guard’s missions.
Are Chief Warrant Officers included on the memorial?
Yes. Their roots are directly tied into the enlisted force. Commissioned officers hold a place of honor at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
What are the Coast Guard’s predecessor services?
Lighthouse Service: Run by local states from 1716 until 1789 when it joined the Treasury Department. Merged with the Steamboat Inspection Service under the Department of Commerce in 1903, and then into the Coast Guard in 1939.
Revenue Cutter Service: Was created by law on 04 August 1790 and run by the Treasury Department until 1915. Merged with the Life Saving Service in 1915 to form the Coast Guard.
Life Saving Service: Run by Treasury Department from 1848 to 1915. Merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the Coast Guard.
Steamboat Inspection Service: Run by the Justice Department from 1838 until 1852, then Treasury Department until 1932 when it merged with the Bureau of Navigation into the Department of Commerce. Joined the Coast Guard in 1942.
Bureau of Navigation: Formed in 1848 by the Treasury Department. Joined the Steamboat Inspection Service in 1932 then to the Coast Guard in 1942.
U.S. Coast Guard: Formed under the Treasury Department from the Life Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service in 1915. It became part of the Department of Transportation when it was formed in 1967 and in 2002 transferred to the Department of Homeland Security.
(Ref: The Coast Guardsman’s Manual, 9th edition)
Why are names from the predecessor services not on the memorial?
The names on the memorial will begin in 1915 when the United States Coast Guard was established. Those who died in the performance of duty prior to 1915 will be honored at the memorial by an engraved insignia of each of our predecessor services. Due to records before 1915 being difficult to obtain and verify, along with some records being destroyed by fire, the individual names from those services will not be included.
Why can’t the Coast Guard fund this memorial?
The Coast Guard is not authorized to build memorials without specific statutory authorization. There has been no authorization or appropriations to expend federal funds to construct this memorial.
Is my donation tax deductable?
The Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation is non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.
What happens with any excess money raised for the construction of the memorial?
Any excess money will be set aside in a trust for recurring maintenance and when additional names need to be engraved in the wall.
Who are the members of the Enlisted Memorial Foundation?
The Foundation consists of Coast Guard active duty members, reservists, retirees, auxiliarists, and spouses, working in their personal capacities for this cause.
How can I get on base to see the memorial once it is complete?
Military members, family and retirees with current ID cards may have access, along with recruit family members during graduations (prior notification and photo ID required). The base is also open to the public during Sunset Parades (military parades at sunset) that are held on Sundays of the following weekends: Memorial Day, July 4th, August 4th (Coast Guard birthday), Labor Day.
Those who do not have a military ID and cannot attend when the base is open to the public, can have tours set up by the local public affairs officer (609) 898-6362.
Coast Guard Training Center Cape May has approximately 40,000 visitors annually.
How can I help?
Giving what you can is always welcome! We are also looking for sponsors and those who are willing to do fundraising events. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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