Last CO Has Crossed The Bar

August 3, 2018 - I received this email from Don Uptagrafft this morning.

Lee,
 
It is with great regret that I write to inform you of the passing of my grandfather, CDR James G Wilcox.  His obituary may be found here:
 
https://afcfcare.com/obituaries/commander-james-g-wilcox-jr/
 
He was preceded in death by his wife Millie of 70 years.  She passed away on April 30th.  A memorial has not yet been prepared.  As per their wishes, we plan to conduct a joint burial at sea with their close family present.
 
He spoke fondly of the last reunion into his final days.  Please inform all shipmates.  Semper Paratus!
 
V/R
 

 

Don Uptagrafft
 
 
Cdr Wilcox, a native of Wisconsin, enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard during the early years of World War II. He was just 17 years old at the time. After basic training he was sent to Radioman school. His first assignment was aboard a Coast Guard manned troop transport. He sailed first into the Pacific Theater and then made trips into the Atlantic and back to the Pacific. 
 
 
In the late 1950's he obtained his commission and spent several years in the 13th District, eventually commanding several black hull cutters. SEBAGO was his first, and only, white hull command. He and his family made Pensacola their home in 1970, and he remained there many years after retiring. 
 
He and his bride, Millie, lived in the Melbourne, Florida, area for the past several years. She passed away on April 30th and Cdr Wilcox crossed the bar on July 15th. The couple will be buried at sea in a private ceremony. 
 
Those of us from SEBAGO that sailed with Cdr James Wilcox Jr. all have stories to tell, but the best are likely the ones unknown to us. He invested 30 years in our Coast Guard and he started from a wartime perspective that most of us never fully appreciated when we served with him. 
 
I'm sure that all of the  Sebago Sailors extend the condolences to the Wilcox family. 
 
 
"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea."
- Lord Alfred Tennyson
 

Ed Floyd Has Crossed The Bar

 

Word has come that Ed Floyd, of the Atlanta area, has died. His is survived by his wife, Peggy,  sons: Barry Parham (Lynn), Doug Parham; brother: Gary Widener (Gail); sisters: Pat Herndon, Glenda Dismang, Dianne Carroll, Linda Foster, Peggy Thompson; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Mr.

Ed served aboard Sebago in 58-60 and was always in touch with shipmates of the Sebago Sailors group. His friends and shipmates will miss him at CG retiree events in Atlanta... Fair Winds, Ed. 

 

Lester Walden Has Crossed Over The Bar

June 8, 2017 - The Coast Guard obituaries list this morning included the name of shipmate  CS1 Lester Walden Sr ('58-'62). He retired after serving 32 years of active service. 

Chief Walden resided in Mobile and was buried in Latimer, Mississippi, this morning. 

He was an active Mason and member of the Conde Cavaliers. He was always in attendance at the annual All Hands Picnic in Mobile and was at the last two SEBAGO reunion events.  

Fair winds, Chief, we will miss you. 

CLICK HERE to read the full obituary.

Recently Crossed Over The Bar

The following shipmates have left us in the past 2-3 years. After a period of time the name will drop, but the obituary notice will still be available from the menu tab. 

  • 20150908 - Steve Peden
  • 20150614 - Peter Moller
  • 20150412 - Eugene J Dott*
  • 20150407 - David Waitkoss
  • 20150320 - Donald Reitz
  • 20150309 - James DiModica, Sr
  • 20150104 - Valentine W Robbins
  • 20140608 - Roger Henneman
  • 20140417 - Frank Douglas Jester

* Indicates Plank Owner

Photos From The Previous SEBAGO ca. 1937

June 23, 2016 - Last month I was in Oxford, Mississippi, for one of my Ride Around America stops. I was overjoyed to find a commemorative paving brick remembering Hugh Sloan JR, USCG - from USS SEBAGO.  USS ?   Really? 

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