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April 13th 2021

Flotilla 05-03 Lower Manhattan


It is with great sadness to announce the sudden passing of Auxiliarist Andrew A Thurman. Andrew was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 7 years in Flotilla 05-03 Lower Manhattan Flotilla. He was a dedicated member serving in many roles such as Vice Flotilla Commander, Division Staff Officer for Vessel Exams, Assistant District Staff Officer for Public Affairs and Coast Guard Auxiliary Association - E Commerce Specialist. He held multiple qualifications such as AUXOP, Vessel Examiner, Program Visitor, Instructor, and Telecommunications Operator.

Andy was a knowledgeable boater/sailor who put his skills and experience to help educate the boating public. This is a tremendous loss to our organization. Please keep his family and the men and women in Flotilla 05-03 in your prayers.

 Fair winds and following seas. Rest easy shipmate, we have the watch.

Flotilla 05-03 Bridge: William Jefferson (FC), Andrew Thurman (VFC), & Sandro Sherrod (IPFC) 

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July 26th 1958 - December 17th, 2020

Flotilla 05-11 Upper Manhattan



 We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our shipmate AUX Fred Knox. Mr. Knox was a founding member of our flotilla, a consummate volunteer, and a friend to all. In 2006, Mr. Knox joined the Auxiliary and immediately became an enthusiastic and active member.

During his service, he qualified as an Auxiliary Culinary Specialist, Auxiliary Telecommunications Operator, Vessel Examiner, and Program Visitor. Mr. Knox regularly volunteered on U.S. Coast Guard cutters and stations to cook for active and reserve personnel. Mr. Knox also took part in local ceremonies and functions, including critical assistance during a World War I Bicentennial ceremony honoring the 369th Infantry Regiment “Harlem Hellfighters,” a decorated African-American unit.

His service to the United State Coast Guard Auxiliary and the American public is in keeping with the highest traditions of patriotism and volunteerism. For his service, Mr. Knox was awarded the Coast Guard Unit Commendation (3), the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation, the Examiner Program Ribbon (with bronze star), the Operations Program Ribbon (with bronze star), and the Membership Service Award (2). Mr. Knox was also an active member of Squadron 379, NYC Group of the Civil Air Patrol. AUX Fred Knox is survived by his wife, sisters, and step-children.

 Fair winds and following seas. Rest easy shipmate, we have the watch.

Flotilla 05-11 Bridge: Alex Rico (FC), Michael Barth (VFC), & Mike McAllister (IPFC) 

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September 5th 1959 - December 21st, 2016 

Flotilla 05-02 Bronx 

Kenneth Rodriguez   

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On December 21st 2016, at the age of 56, Auxiliarist Kenneth Rodriguez Sr passed away. Ken joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in August of 2014. Having been retired from a career in Law Enforcement Ken felt the need to continue a life of service and came upon the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ken was as eager and determined than a young cadet at the Coast Guard Academy. Within a few weeks upon receiving his ID numbers he ordered his uniforms, and wore them with pride. In his first year of Service he attended the District Training Conference, Marched in the Flotilla 05-04 Color Guard for Memorial Day, became a qualified Program Visitor, and completed all necessary Mandatory Training. Although only in AP status Ken was not the type to sit around and wait while his PSI cleared. He was one of the most active new members in the flotilla and despite the restrictions, did as much as he could. He started the Boat Crew Training program but had to step back due to medical issues. He was in the process of becoming a vessel examiner and attended the 2016 VE boot camp. He received the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation for his time working at the New York Boat Show. Not only was he a Shipmate, but a kind friend, and a loving Father. If you can remember, despite his own medical issues, Ken was always the first one to worry about the well being of our members and often suggested wellness check during good and welfare. During his wake Flotilla Commander Sal Rivera posthumously promoted Ken to Flotilla Staff Officer for Public Affairs, a job he was ready to accept since he loved to interact with the public, and presented his wife Maureen with his FSO shoulder boards. Although a member of 05-02 Kenneth Rodriguez was and always will be a member of the 05-04 Family.

Fair Winds and Following Seas.

Flotilla 05-02 Bridge: Sal Rivera (FC), Maribel Rivera (VFC)