U.S. Coast Guard Air Crew
Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

SOS Coast Guard Rescue

SOS Coast Guard Rescue NIGHT FLIGHT on Discovery Channel
"Clearwater Coast Guard Air Station attempts a rescue inside Hurricane Katrina"

  Air Medals Awarded to all!
From left to right (first photo): Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenyon Bolton, rescue swimmer, Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Cain, flight mechanic, Lt (j.g.) David Sheppard, co-pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Craig Massello, pilot, Admiral Thomas H. Collins, Commandant, and Rear Admiral D. Brian Peterman.

The Coast Guard Commandant Awards the Crew
the U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Flying Cross

CLEARWATER, FLA - Four members of a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater Jayhawk flight crew were awarded for a daring rescue that took place on Aug. 26, 2005. The crew was tasked with flying through the ferocious 85-knot winds and violent 40-foot seas of Hurricane Katrina to rescue three persons on the distressed fishing vessel Mary Lynn located only 10 miles from the eye of the hurricane, 210-nautical miles southwest of Air Station Clearwater.

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Tom Collins presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lt. Cmdr. Craig Massello, Lt. j.g. David Sheppard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Cain and Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenyon Bolton for their extraordinary heroism while participating in an aerial rescue.
Guardsmen and Kevin Costner at Elizabeth City Coast Guard Air Station filming The Guardian


Rescue Crew Braves Katrina's Winds
Coast Guard Saviors in the Shadows
The Race to Save the Mary Lynn
Gambling in the Gulf - 5 Parts

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