Station Little Creek Remembers Shipmate

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Evanson
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Mayday served as the mascot of Coast Guard Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., from 1993 - 2007, rising from the rank of seaman recruit to chief petty officer. Mayday passed away in August 2007. Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 1st Class Bryan Ralston.PORTSMOUTH, Va. -The beloved mascot of Coast Guard Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., passed away last month at his North Carolina home following a distinguished career in the Coast Guard.

Mayday as they called him arrived at Station Little Creek in the winter of 1993, where he enlisted as E-1 mascot.

Mayday served as Coast Guard Station Little Creek’s mascot from 1993 – 2007, rising from the rank of seaman recruit to chief petty officer. Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 1st Class Bryan Ralston.
“Mayday was an AKC registered Dalmatian, guard dog and boat crew member,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Bryan Ralston, a machinery technician with Station Little Creek. “He had an operation facilities code (OPFAC) for a social security number and his next of kin was listed as the officer-in-charge and executive petty officer of Station Little Creek,” said Ralston. Mayday served in many capacities. When he was still a pup, he was involved in a Coast Guard recruiting commercial “Being Part of the Action”, show casing his dog determination and K-9 expertise.

In the mid 1990s Station Little Creek went through a renovation, so Mayday conducted a brief tour at Station Milford Haven in Hudgins, Va. “During this time he was instructed to teach Seaman Apprentice Jake, Station Milford Haven’s mascot to become the morale representative and check on his puppy practical factors,” said Ralston.

In addition to being a mentor to sister station mascots, Mayday was a community activist, participating in countless parades and static displays at the Old Coast Guard Station in Virginia Beach. “With all the wonderful things Mayday did for the Coast Guard and the community, he still found time to bite the officer-in-charge and receive a negative page 7,” said Ralston. A negative page 7 serves as an official letter of counseling for all Coast Guard members following an incident.

After a long and decorated career that lasted 14 years, Station Little Creek advanced Mayday to Chief Petty Officer in 2007. He then retired and moved to the quiet countryside of North Carolina where he lived his remaining time with the Ralston family.

“Mayday was a shipmate and dear friend to many and will be missed,” said Ralston. “We wish fair winds and following seas to our shipmate,” he added.

No plans have been made to replace Mayday with a new station mascot.

“Mayday is irreplaceable,” said Chief Petty Officer Jeffery Ryan, executive petty officer of Coast Guard Station Little Creek.

* Petty Officer 1st Class Bryan Ralston contributed to this story

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