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Charles Rose 1939-2016

 

Long time flotilla member, former Flotilla Commander and retired Naval Reserve Commander Charles Rose succumbed to pneumonia and passed away in the morning hours of Tuesday, October 4.  He was 77 years old and had been battling Parkinson's disease and other conditions for some time.

A member of our flotilla since early 1997, Charlie was a stalwart and committed Aircraft Commander, flying by one estimate over 100,000 nm under orders for the Coast Guard, at the controls of his beloved 1978 Grumman Tiger.

In addition to his term as Flotilla Commander, Charlie served in a variety of leadership positions, most recently earlier this year as our FSO-IS staff officer.  He earned many decorations during his almost two decades of service, including, most prestigiously, one from President Obama: the President's Lifetime Achievement Award, for service to the Coast Guard as an auxiliary member contributing over 10,000 hours of unpaid voluntary service.

Sadly, Charlie passed away just days before the award could be given to him. He is survived by his brother, Luke, and two nieces.

"He flies with the angels now, having slipped the surly bonds of earth."