"American Patriot” Retires
after 20 Years of Service
It started like any other day in July 1992 when Robert W. DePuy joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Like many others, he started with a safe boating class and found that it looked like fun while helping others at the same time. So began a journey that lasted 20 years.
Bob’s service began in the Navy where he served for 4 years plus another 26 years in the reserve from 1958 thru 1988 in the dental corps reaching the rank of Captain. During his 20 years with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, he collected many accolades including the 2008 George W. Bush Presidential Volunteer Service Award. He also received awards for Auxiliary Meritorious Service, Operational Excellence, Meritorious Team Commendation, Auxiliary Public Education, Department of Transportation Outstanding Unit and an Auxiliary Commandant Letter of Commendation.
Bob served in many leadership positions in the Coast Guard Auxiliary on the local and division levels including Staff Officer Positions, Flotilla Vice-Commander and Flotilla Commander and is the Founding Commander for Flotilla 91 in Fort Myers Beach.
Bob was part of many exciting projects while in Fort Myers Beach including the role of a "bad guy” target boat for the filming of America’s most wanted and went on to serve as the instructor with the Department of State and Defense "Enduring Friendship Initiative” where he personally led classes for participants from the countries of Bahamas, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Panama. Bob volunteered for more than 12,250 hours, which places a value to his service to the US Coast Guard around $250,000. David Schwartz, the current Flotilla Commander, stated, "Bob DePuy has devoted a major portion of his life to service for our country, including a career in the U.S. Naval Reserve and 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He has truly earned the title of an "American Patriot.”
Petty Officer Buckley from Coast Guard station Fort Myers Beach added, "Captain DePuy’s contribution to station Fort Myers Beach and the Coast Guard Auxiliary is unmatched. We at Station Fort Myers Beach would be grateful if Captain DePuy would accept a sincere thank you from all of us.”
Robert DePuy resides in Cape Coral with his lovely wife Lee and three daughters and plans on doing a little relaxing and some fishing.
-Information provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary