Coast Guard Auxiliarist receives Meritorious Service Medal for 66 years of service

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Donald Brackett, a Coast Guard Auxiliary member, received the Coast Guard Auxiliary Meritorious Service Medal for 66 years of service in Pinellas Park, Wednesday.

Brackett was presented the medal at his home by Rear Adm. Jake Korn, Seventh Coast Guard District commander.

Donald Brackett, Coast Guard Auxiliary, is shown with his daughter Carol Spooner, and Rear Adm. Jake Korn, Seventh Coast Guard District commander, as he is read his Auxiliary Meritorious Service Medal citation at is home in Pinellas Park, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Brackett joined the Auxiliary in 1947 and had served for 66 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn A. Kneen

Brackett joined the Auxiliary in September 1947 and served in many positions to include First District Flotilla Commander, Flotilla 5-11, Castle Island, Mass., Division Captain, Hub Division 5, Boston, Rear Commodore, First District and Vice Commodore First District.

“Mr. Brackett’s 66 years of steadfast dedication to the Coast Guard Auxiliary is an inspiration and I cannot express the gratitude I have for his unwavering commitment and charitable service to the American people,” said Korn. “He truly embodies the Coast Guard’s core values and I am honored to present him with the Meritorious Service Medal recognizing his remarkable devotion to maritime safety.”

More photos from the ceremony can be viewed by clicking the photo.

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