SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard 9th District, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, the Coast Guard Foundation and Capt. Jimmie H. Hobaugh’s family named and dedicated the newly-built Capt. Jimmie H. Hobaugh community center during a ribbon cutting ceremony July 27, 2015 in Sault Ste. Marie.
The brand new community center has a gym and lounge area for Coast Guard members and their families.
Hobaugh was the commanding officer on Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush when it responded to the wreck of the motor vessel Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975.
He was also commanding officer of Coast Guard Group Sault Ste. Marie and acted as on-scene commander and oversaw the seven-month salvage operation of the Coast Guard Cutter Mesquite when it ran aground in 1989.
After he retired from the Coast Guard, Hobaugh participated in numerous community service organizations and projects in Sault Ste. Marie. He passed away in December 2014.
The project cost approximately $650,000, and the Coast Guard Foundation donated approximately $400,000 to the project.