Marblehead Coast Guardsman brings award “home” for first time

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MARBLEHEAD, Ohio - Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Mirandi stands amongst historical artifacts at Coast Guard Station Marblehead Oct. 17, 2011. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

A Coast Guardsman at a Great Lakes Coast Guard station which prides itself on its rich and storied past added another chapter to the unit’s history books when he was named the station’s first recipient of the Lucien M. Clemons Boat Crewman Award during a ceremony Monday morning.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Mirandi of Coast Guard Station Marblehead, smiling as he stood in front of his peers at the station, accepted the award from his commanding officer, Chief Warrant Officer Sean McCarthy, and Capt. Jeff Ogden, commander of Sector Detroit.

The Clemons award is presented semiannually to the boat crewman in Sector Detroit’s area of responsibility whose seamanship, leadership afloat and operational actions best epitomize the Coast Guard’s standards for boat crewmen.

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MARBLEHEAD, Ohio - Ogden (left) and McCarthy (right) present Mirandi (center) with an engraved oar and plaque during the award ceremony at Station Marblehead Oct. 17, 2011. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

Although Clemons was the first recipient of the Gold Lifesaving Medal and the first keeper of the U.S. Lifesaving Service in Marblehead, one of the earliest lifesaving stations on the Great Lakes, this is the first time since the award’s inception in 2007 it has been given to someone assigned to Station Marblehead.

“BM3 Mirandi is one of the best coxswains I’ve ever served with and is a shining example of everything this award represents,” said McCarthy after presenting the award.

Mirandi, 23, said he was surprised to receive the award and showed his humility when he said he believed the entire crew of Station Marblehead deserved the honor.

McCarthy said Mirandi’s exceptional leadership throughout his first weekend as a qualified duty coxswain, spending more than 24 hours underway and responding to seven search and rescue cases in a 72-hour period, propelled him above the competition.

Mirandi will keep a decorative 3-foot oar engraved with his name as a reminder of his accomplishment, and a plaque also engraved with his name and previous Clemons award recipients will be displayed at Station Marblehead until a new recipient is selected in January 2012.

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