Academy honors ‘father of Coast Guard’
New London — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 1963 on Friday unveiled a statue of Coast Guard founder Alexander Hamilton in front of Hamilton Hall at the academy.
The 9-foot-tall sculpture by artist Benjamin Victor shows Hamilton holding a scroll of his first charge to the officers of the Revenue Cutter Service. The installation also includes a series of plaques that honor Hamilton’s contribution to the formation of what would become the U.S. Coast Guard, and a statement from the Class of 1963.
Mike Burdian, president of the Class of ’63, explained in his remarks that the plans for a class gift in honor of their 50th reunion was to raise 250,000 was raised.
Rear Adm. James E. Rendon, superintendent of the academy, and retired Capt. Andrea Marcille, president of the USCGA Alumni Association, also delivered remarks.