2004 coastguard Times
Honorable Mentions

Boatswain's Mate First Class Chad Johnson


BM1 Chad Johnson rescued two men in a 35-foot sailboat in dangerous 15-foot seas by rigging an innovative towing bridle and navigating his 19-foot small boat with sailboat in tow through a deteriorating canal, around several reefs, and ultimately to safety. While on liberty, he willingly gave of his time to paint a schoolhouse in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and back in his homeport of Boston, he organized a chili cook-off for the Boston Fire Department raising money for the Shriner's Burn Center. He regularly volunteers at a local homeless shelter and coaches kids sports teams.

Marine Science Tech. 1st Class Vincent Rachal

Marine Safety Office and Group Los Angeles - Long Beach

MST1 Vincent Rachal, a reservist, volunteered for extended active duty as a Sea Marshall in southern California, conducting numerous security risk assessment boardings at one of the largest cargo entry ports in the US, and training his fellow team members to master the often-dangerous ship-to-ship transfer process. A recipient of the City of Gardena's Trail Blazer Award for dedicated service to the community, he works with local park and city planners to provide inner city African American and other children safe, free-time activities, along with volunteering for local elections committees and promoting multicultural events for Black History Month, Cinco de Mayo, the city's Jazz Festival and other public events.