|Born||June 14, 1931(age 90)|
|Place of birth||Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Coast Guard|
|Years of service||1950–1977|
|Rank||Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard|
Thomas D. McAdams (born June 14, 1931) is a retired US Coast Guard master chief petty officer and former rescue boat commander. He is considered the most famous enlisted person to serve in the US Coast Guard in history, saving over one-hundred lives over a 27-year-long career throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Career[edit | edit source]
McAdams commanded the Coast Guard's 36-foot motor lifeboat, its 44-foot motor lifeboat, and its 52-foot motor lifeboat, and helped design the current 47-foot motor lifeboat. McAdams rounded out his 27-year Coast Guard career by commanding the Coast Guard's Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Ilwaco, Washington, where he wrote its first training manual. In 1957, he was awarded a Gold Lifesaving Medal for a case in 1957 at Yaquina Bay, where he saved four persons in a capsized boat. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard on July 1, 1977.
In 2008, while reporting on the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of Canada's Bamfield Station, the Victoria Times Colonist characterized McAdams as a "legendary figure in the U.S. Coast Guard", who "stole the show at the historic symposium with his on-the-job tales." McAdams' life-saving efforts were so dramatic that he appeared as a guest on several television shows, and was profiled in Life and National Geographic.
Accolades[edit | edit source]
- Gold Lifesaving Medal (1957)
- Coast Guard Medal (1968)
- Legion of Merit
- Coast Guard Commendation Medal
- Meritorious Achievement Medal
References[edit | edit source]
- "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (16 May 2014), Thomas D Mc Adams, Residence, Newport, Oregon, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
- "Bamfield marks 100 years of saving lives at sea". Victoria Times Colonist. 2008-06-17. Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. https://web.archive.org/web/20150722180721/http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/story.html?id=%20f531a3cc-e359-40e2-986a-77fe242c7cb4. "Tom McAdams, who's a legendary figure in the U.S. Coast Guard, stole the show at the historic symposium with his on-the-job tales. McAdams served for 27 years in the Pacific Northwest based out of USCG Station Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. After retirement he joined the Newport Fire Department and gave that organization 30 years of service."
- Young, L.T. Stephanie (July 25, 2012). "The champion lifesaver of the Pacific coast". http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2012/07/the-champion-lifesaver-of-the-pacific-coast/. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
- "BMCM Thomas D. McAdams, USCG (Ret.)". United States Coast Guard. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/McAdamsThomasIndex.asp. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
- "Interviewee: BMCM Tom McAdams, USCG (Ret.)". United States Coast Guard. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. February 13, 2004. https://www.uscg.mil/history/weboralhistory/BMCM_T_McAdams_Oral_History.asp. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
- "BMCM Thomas D. McAdams, USCG (Ret.)". USCG. 2005. Archived from the original on July 22, 2015. https://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uscg.mil%2Fhistory%2Fpeople%2FMcAdamsThomasIndex.asp&date=2015-07-22. "If one uses publicity as a measure of fame, then Master Chief McAdams is the most famous enlisted person who ever served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He appeared in Life, National Geographic, True and other national publications. He appeared on numerous television programs, including "To Tell The Truth" and the "Who's Who" feature of Charles Kuralt's "On the Road" program."
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