Richard Dixon (USCG)

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Richard Dixon

USCG lifeboat coxswain Richard Dixon
Waves can be dangerous off Tillamook Bay.

Richard Dixon was the coxswain of a 44 foot motor lifeboat, on the July 4th weekend of 1980, when his skill and daring enabled him to rescue stricken pleasure boat crew off Tillamook Bay, Oregon.[1][2][3] During the first incident a 58 foot yacht was in distress, and needed to seek sheltered waters, but wave conditions seemed likely to batter it apart if it tried to use the narrow entrance between two stone jetties to enter Tillamook Bay's harbor. Dixon and the Coxswain of another motor life boat maneuvered beside the yacht, to absorb some of the wave energy as if entered harbor.

In the second incident two pleasure boat occupants had fallen overboard and were within fifty feet of being dashed upon the harbor's breakwater.[1] In spite of the danger of maneuvering so close to the crashing waves, in such high sea conditions, Dixon was able to rescue the pleasure boaters.

Dixon received Coast Guard Medals for both rescues.[1]

USCGC Richard Dixon

In 2010 when the Coast Guard decided that all the new Sentinel class cutters would be named after Coast Guard personnel who had been recognized for their heroism Dixon was one of those to be honored.[2] The thirteenth cutter in the class will be named the USCGC Richard Dixon. She will be the first Sentinel class cutter to be homeported in Puerto Rico.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Connie Braesch (2010-11-11). "Coast Guard Heroes: Richard Dixon". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. "Richard Dixon, a Boatswain's Mate stationed at Tillamook Bay, was awarded two Coast Guard Medals for his heroic actions on July Fourth weekend, 1980." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stephanie Young (2010-10-27). "Coast Guard Heroes". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  3. Clive Lawford (2011). "US Coast Guard Medal Awards". Retrieved 2013-01-10. "Petty Officer Dixon is cited for heroism on the afternoon of 3 July 1980 while serving as the coxswain of Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat (MLB) 44409." 
  4. Rhonda Carpenter (2012-11-05). "Coast Guard Commissions Third Fast Response Cutter, William Flores". Defense Media Network. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. "The first six FRCs for District 7 will be homeported in Miami; the next six in Key West; and the remaining six in Puerto Rico."