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Michael P. Leavitt

Date of birth: September 11, 1960
Home of record: Fruitland Idaho

A graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy Class 34, Michael Leavitt enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1982 and held many leadership positions throughout his career. In 2007 he received the rare Coast Guard Medal for heroism in a non-combat action. He served from 2010 to 2014 as the ELEVENTH Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and was awarded the even more rare Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal upon his retirement in 2014.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Master Chief Petty Officer Michael P. Leavitt, United States Coast Guard, was awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Coast Guard from 2010 to 2014. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Master Chief Petty Officer Leavitt culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and his dedicated contributions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.

Action Date: 2010 - 2014

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Master Chief Petty Officer

Coast Guard Medal

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Coast Guard Medal to Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Michael P. Leavitt, United States Coast Guard, for heroism on the evening of 25 February 2007, while part of a land rescue party from Station Humboldt Bay engaged in the perilous rescue of a man swept off the Humboldt Bay north jetty. Master Chief Petty Officer Leavitt and the other members of the rescue party ran approximately half a mile to the end of the moss-covered, partly awash jetty, between several dolosse, unusually-shaped concrete blocks similar to jacks used to protect harbor walls from the force of the sea. Master Chief Petty Officer Leavitt and another member carefully traversed down the twenty feet over the slippery dolosse to reach the victim and discovered he had multiple contusions, abrasions, and a possible leg fracture. The rescuers decided that the only way to get the victim to safety was to free him from the dolosse and physically carry him to the top of the jetty. While attempting to free the victim, multiple waves exceeding twenty feet in height pummeled the rescuers with such force that the survival helmet was yanked off Master Chief Petty Officer Leavitt's head, and the rescuers were nearly swept away several times. After freeing the victim, Master Chief Petty Officer Leavitt and the other rescuer carried him between them through breaking waves to the top of the jetty. They quickly determined the victim needed immediate medical attention and ran through breaking surf to the end of the jetty where a waiting Coast Guard Aviation Survival Technician began first aid. A helicopter then transferred the victim to the hospital where he eventually made a full recovery. Master Chief Petty Officer Leavitt demonstrated remarkable initiative, exceptional fortitude, and daring in spite of immediate personal danger in this rescue. His courage and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

General Orders: U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office

Action Date: 25-Feb-07

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Technical Sergeant