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George E. Caldwell

Date of birth: July 13, 1923
Date of death: February 15, 2009
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Ohio, Springfield
Home of record: Springfield Ohio

George Caldwell served as an Army Combat Engineer during World War II until July 1944, when he was appointed a Cadet in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut, graduating with the Class of 1948. He returned to the Academy to serve as Assistant Commandant of Cadets from 1965 to 1969, and retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral in 1984.


Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal to Commander George E. Caldwell, United States Coast Guard, for meritorious achievement of service, not involving aerial flight in connection with operations against an opposing armed force as Commander of the U.S.C.G.C. CHASE in Southeast Asia, from September 1969 to July 1970. Under his command the CHASE conducted seven anti-infiltration patrols and 35 naval gunfire support missions to aid allied ground forces. Under this command, the cutter carried out a variety of humanitarian missions that included the treatment of 1,032 Vietnamese civilians by MEDCAP (Medical Civic Action Projects) teams from the CHASE sent into various villages, and construction of a playground for children by the crew members.

Action Date: September 1969 - July 1970

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.C.G.C. Chase