Cleveland-based Coast Guardsmen honored before Toledo Mudhens game

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay stand on the field at Fifth Third Field before a Toledo Mudhens game, July 14, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay stand on the field at Fifth Third Field before a Toledo Mudhens game, July 14, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener

Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, were honored at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio, July 14, 2011, before a baseball game between the Toledo Mudhens and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Thirteen crewmembers, led by Lt. Cmdr. Bill Woityra, commanding officer of Neah Bay, took the field during pre-game festivities. After being welcomed by the stadium’s announcer, the ship’s crew was praised for the work it does year-round, supporting the movement of commercial traffic, search and rescue operations and law enforcement.

Seaman Rob Gilmore, leading seaman aboard the Neah Bay and a native of Fredericksburg, Va., was given the responsibility of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

According to Woityra, as leading seaman Gilmore is the supervisor and driving force behind the work of the cutter’s deck force. He has led efforts to repaint the interior and exterior of the 140-foot cutter this summer, and is the primary navigator of the watch when the ship operates in narrow waterways.

Gilmore aspires to achieve the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and to one day serve as officer-in-charge at a small boat station.

Seaman Rob Gilmore, leading seaman aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, and a native of Fredericksburg, Va., throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a game between the Toledo Mudhens and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Fifth Third Field, July 14, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener.

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