U.S. Coast Guard honors Bay Area guardsmen

January 30, 2009 12:51:09 PM PST
The U.S. Coast Guard is honoring two Bay Area guardsmen at the San Francisco International Airport today with separate awards for their efforts that helped save more than 50 people in the last two years.

Lt. Commander Eric Smith is receiving a Distinguished Flying Cross, the country's oldest military aviation award, for his efforts in rescuing 39 people during the Pacific Northwest floods of 2007.

Petty Officer Robert Custer is receiving the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, an award established by former U.S. Secretary of Treasury Douglas Dillon in 1964, for his efforts in rescuing 26 people from a grounded yacht in San Mateo in December.

The two are receiving their awards at 1:45 p.m. from Admiral Paul Zukunft at the Coast Guard's air station in building 1020 at the airport.


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