Beckwith, William James, GM2

Gunner's Mate
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Current Service Status
USCG Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Current/Last Primary Rate
GM-Gunner's Mate
Current/Last Rate Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1969-1970, GM, USCG Marine Safety Detachment Concord
Previously Held Rate
SR-Seaman Recruit
SA-Seaman Apprentice
Service Years
1966 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Coast Guard Certificates
Golden Shellback
Order of the Ditch
Order of Magellan
Order of the Ditch
Voice Edition
GM-Gunner's Mate

 Official Badges 

Marine Investigator Badge

 Unofficial Badges 

Vietnam Combatant-Craft Crewman Badge Domain of the Emperor Penguin Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club USCG Honorable Discharge

Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Order of the Golden Dragon Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Shellback

Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary Cold War Veteran Order of the Ditch

 Military Association Memberships
Post 414Chapter 717Coast Guard Combat Veterans AssociationVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
CG Sea Veterans of AmericaUnited Services Automobile Association (USAA)Coast Guard Together We Served [Verified]Chapter 42
  1970, American Legion, Post 414 (Life Member) (Angelica, New York) [Verified]6 - Chap. Page
  1990, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 717 (Life Member) (West Palm Beach , Florida)12 - Chap. Page
  1998, Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association [Verified]8
  2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified]7 - Assoc. Page
  2000, CG Sea Veterans of America - Assoc. Page
  2000, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) - Assoc. Page
  2016, Coast Guard Together We Served [Verified]1
  2018, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 42 (Life Member) (West Palm Beach, Florida) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Medically retired, Addicted 1st to Commodore Computers in 82, 1st Dell  (Christmas 84) have been DELL & HP last 30 years, VACP SMC-L1 100% disabled, all Agent Orange exposure 68-69. Related medical issues, AO-"Parkinson's Disease #1". VA WPB takes very good care, personally I'm doing great. My last unit VN unit 82304 we've lost "3" of crew to "Agent Orange" disease's, 4 more are VA 100%,  We lost 2 with Ischemic Heart Disease 1-2004, 1-2005; 1-MDS bone marrow cancer 12/2014 The entire crew has med. issues related to "AO". We survived RPGs, River Mines, AKs & all the ditch rides in Boston Whaler, all being chemically attacked with AO so many years after it was all over? WHAT CAN YOU SAY?
MENTORS at GM-A school ORDNANCE & AMMUNITION  GROTON,CT - Commanding Officer CWO3 Fleming, GMCM D J Gingery [gmcm], FTC Fred Schacht [ftc], GMC Carl DeLair [gmc] 53-74, FT1 Brian Kelly [cwo3] 61-81, GM1 Robert Carpenter [gmc] 57-79
Other Comments:
Units :  CG Training CG Cutters CG Bases USN Training USMC Training Recruit Training Cape May  Group Base Boston   WAGB-279 EASTWIND Boston GM 'A' School Groton WHEC-64 ESCANABA New Bedford COTP-PSU Group Boston maa USN Fleet Airborne Electronics  S.E.R.E.  Warner Springs  USMC 29 Palms weapons USN Coronado USMC Camp Pendleton weapons  USCG Squadron #1 Training  Alameda  RON#1 Pt Young 82303 An Thoi-Cat Lo  Pt League 82304   Cat Lo-Cam Ranh Bay USN NAVSUPACT-SASEBO JAPAN Pt League 82304 SASEBO, Japan 10/11-12/28/68 RON#1 Pt League 82304  SEALORDS & SCATTOR Train RVN To Replace Program  RVNS Navy 2-5/69 RON#1 Div-13 HQ spare boat crew 'WIA' 4/17/69  U.S.C.G. Explosive Loading Supervisory School 'ELD' Concord   C.G. Marine Port Safety Detachment Concord maa ELD  USN-USMC names  NWS-NAWS-NAD-NOD-NAVMAG/PortChicago-NAVWPNSTA Seal Beach North we had some US Army stationed there too
Rank : Petty Officer Second Class

RankInsignia : Gunner's Mate
MOS : Gunner's Mate w/ELD at MPSD Concord, Ca. maa
Years : 5/66-5/70 Reserve 7th-district 70, 9th-district 71, 3rd district 71-72
GoodConduct:1hr late Rochester-Boston flight 12/67 AWOL NJP no GC-medal
Country: United States of AMERICA
Location: NWS CG Marine Port Safety Detachment ELD, Concord, Ca.

 Remembrance Profiles -  73 Coasties Remembered
  • Adams, Daniel [Dan], PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Akers, Frances Jean, PFC, (1969-1970)
  • Akers, Gerald Wayne, SP 5, (1967-1969)
  • Bailey, William Coulter, PO1, (1944-1945)
  • Bailey, William Coulter, CDR, (1944-1969)
  • Beckwith, Bruce Norman, Sgt, (1943-1946)
  • Beckwith, Charles Robert, SGT, (1946-1955)
  • Beckwith, Eugene Gerrard, PO2, (1951-1955)
  • Beckwith, Frank Wellington, T/4, (1939-1945)
  • Beckwith, James Elmer, SSgt, (1940-1949)
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Beckwith, Kathleen Margaret, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Beckwith, William David, M/Sgt, (1939-1945)
  • Beckwith, William, Cpl, (1966-1968)
  • Benkert, William, RADM, (1940-1978)
  • Bernard, Charles J. J., PVT, (1893-1896)
  • Blaha, Charles Lincoln, CAPT, (1945-1979)
  • Carpenter, Robert, CPO, (1957-1979)
  • Chamberlain, Dennis, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Chaney, Lawrence, PO2, (1965-1969)
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Enlisted Cutterman

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1966, Boot Camp (Cape May, NJ), I/6323
 Duty Stations
Coast Guard Training Center Cape MayUSCG Group BostonUSCGC Eastwind (WAGB-279/NRFB)(GM) Gunnersmate A School, Groton, CT
US Coast Guard Training Center Avery Point Groton, CTUSCGC Escanaba (WPG-64) USCG Group BostonMarine Safety Center /Marine Safety Units
US Coast GuardCoast Guard Training Center AlamedaUS NavyCG Squadron 1/Squadron One - Division 11
CG Squadron 1/Squadron One - Division 12CG Squadron 1US Coast GuardCG Squadron 1
USCG Marine Safety Detachment Concord
  1966-1966, SR, Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
  1966-1966, SA, USCG Group Boston
  1966-1967, SN, USCGC Eastwind (WAGB-279/NRFB)
  1967-1967, GM, (GM) Gunnersmate A School, Groton, CT
  1967-1967, GM, US Coast Guard Training Center Avery Point Groton, CT
  1967-1967, GM, USCGC Escanaba (WPG-64)
  1967-1968, GM, USCG Group Boston
  1967-1968, GM, USCG Captain of the Port Boston
  1967-1968, GM, CG Base Boston
  1968-1968, GM, Coast Guard Training Center Alameda
  1968-1968, GM, SERE
  1968-1968, GM, Fleet Combat Training Center, Pacific
  1968-1968, GM, CG Squadron 1/Squadron One - Division 11
  1968-1968, GM, USCGC Point Young (WPB-82303)
  1968-1968, GM, CG Squadron 1/Squadron One - Division 12
  1968-1968, GM, USCGC Point League (WPB-82304)
  1968-1968, GM, NAVSUPACT/Sasebo
  1968-1969, GM, CG Squadron 1
  1968-1969, GM, CG Squadron 1/Squadron One - Division 13
  1968-1969, GM, USCGC Point League (WPB-82304)
  1969-1969, GM, CG Squadron 1/Squadron One - Division 13
  1969-1969, GM, Explosive Loading School
  1969-1970, GM, USCG Marine Safety Detachment Concord
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Operation Deep Freeze (Antarctica)59
  1968-1968 Operation Market Time
  1968-1968 Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign1
  1968-1968 Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign1
  1968-1969 Vietnam War1
  1968-1969 Operation Market Time37
  1968-1969 Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign31
  1969-1969 Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign/Operation Market Time
  1969-1969 Operation Market Time
  1969-1969 Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign1
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