Clifton, Jim, LCDR

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Lieutenant Commander
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Current/Last Rate Group
Primary Unit
1995-2001, SK, Marine Safety Office Memphis, TN
Service Years
1964 - 2003
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Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

 Official Badges 

Coast Guard Retired Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

USCG Honorable Discharge

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Reserve Organization of AmericaPost
  1973, Reserve Organization of America
  2009, American Legion, Post (Member) (Nashville, Tennessee) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Periodically, I am an on site supervisor for The Creighton Company during times that the owner is occupied in performing other duties.  The company is primarily in commercial building framing and drywall construction.
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  1966-1968, SK, USCG Group Mobile

From Month/Year
August / 1966
To Month/Year
February / 1968
USCG Group Mobile Unit Page
Petty Officer Second Class
Base, Station or City
Captain of the Port
 USCG Group Mobile Details

USCG Group Mobile
Parent Unit
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2015
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment
Initially, I was assigned to receive and ship lights to the Lighthouses.  Group Mobile had  a repair facility that would do maintenance on aids returned from the Station Keepers.  The Captain of the Port was a function (at that time) of the Group Mobile Command. We had a member asssigned to COTP go to Vietnam to be a part of the Explosives Detail.  I was selected to fill his billet.  Spent a month at CGTC Yorktown in PSLE school.  COTP Mobile had responsibility for ports located in Mississippi, Alabama & the panhandle of Florida. While asssigned to the team, GM1 Bobby Wilkes was medically discharged and suddenly I was the senior enlisted on the team. 

Worst Moment
One of the Group Mobile members was operating a crane on the dock, traveling backwards.  Apparently, he did not remember that the boom had been removed.  As he cleared the building, he turned the crane forward and the counterweights in the rear caused the crane to topple into the water.  The command designated me to take pictures of the scene and when the crane was lifted from the water, BM1 Hawkins was in the crane with his hands still on the control handles. His wife, Theresa, had been notified and she was constantly crying and wanting to jump into the water where "Hawk" was.  Several of us went to New ORleans for his funeral.


Chain of Command
The Group Commander Mobile/COTP Mobile was CDR Daniel Charter.  The XO at Base Mobile was LT Larry Myhre while the Deputy Group Commander was CWO James Comerford.

Other Memories
Since retiring, I have become friends with CWO Tom Schmidt that was at Mobile, but assigned to the CGC Salvia at the same time.  Both of us live in the Nashville, TN area and quarterly have a luncheon with other Coasties living the area.

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1 Member Also There at Same Time
USCG Group Mobile

Lewis, Kendall, CWO3, (1963-1987) SK SK Petty Officer Second Class

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