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A photo of Stewart Graham, USCG

Commander Stewart Ross Graham, USCG (Ret.)
Coast Guard Aviator No. 114
Coast Guard Helicopter Pilot No. 2


Distinguished Flying Cross:

A Distinguished Flying Cross

 The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the 
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER STEWART ROSS GRAHAM
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

for service as set forth in the following

           CITATION:

"For extraordinary achievement in aerial flight during the early morning of 19 January 1955, as pilot of a Coast Guard helicopter engaged in the rescue of three crew members from the fishing vessel KIMTOO, which had grounded southwest of Anna Maria Key, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico.  Proceeding to the scene, Lieutenant Commander GRAHAM succeeded in locating the vessel by effectively using the helicopter landing lights.  Due to heavy seas and violent winds, it was necessary that the survivors be rescued without delay.  In spite of the fact that guy lines and rigging of the vessel could not be removed, Lieutenant Commander GRAHAM, by his indomitable courage and determination in the face of unfavorable conditions of wind, sea, turbulence, and darkness so that the rescue basket could be lowered into the maze of rigging on the deck of the stricken vessel and a survivor hoisted into the helicopter.  This dangerous procedure was then twice repeated as the survivors were expertly evacuated from their positions of extreme peril.  Lieutenant Commander GRAHAM'S expert airmanship, dauntless valor, sound judgment, and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard."


The Air Medal:

An Air Medal

The President of the UNITED STATES takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL to

LIEUTENANT STEWART ROSS GRAHAM
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

for service as set forth in the following 

               CITATION:

"For meritorious achievement in aerial flight as pilot of an HNS helicopter in an experimental mission in the North Atlantic Ocean, January 16, 1944.  Displaying great skill and daring in the fulfillment of an extremely perilous open sea assignment, Lieutenant (then Lieutenant, Junior Grade) GRAHAM successfully completed the first flight of a helicopter from a vessel in convoy despite the hazardous wind and sea conditions encountered in the North Atlantic in mid-winter.  By his courage, brilliant airmanship and devotion to duty, Lieutenant GRAHAM made a signal contribution toward the advancement of Naval aviation, thereby reflecting great upon himself and the United States Naval Service."


A gold star in lieu of the actual medal

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the GOLD STAR in lieu of the second
AIR MEDAL to 

LIEUTENANT STEWART ROSS GRAHAM
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

for service as set forth in the following 

CITATION:

"For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights on 22 September 1946 as pilot of an HNS helicopter engaged in the rescue of eighteen survivors of the Belgian Sabena DC-4 airliner which crashed twenty-four miles southwest of Gander Airport, Newfoundland on 18 September, 1946.  In the face of hazardous terrain and the necessity of making difficult landings on very small platforms constructed on soft muskeg, Lieutenant GRAHAM, by his outstanding airmanship and determination, expeditiously effected the rescue of three injured survivors.  His courage and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard."


Order of Leopold I Knight

A Leopold Knight medal

Translation of his award reads as follows:

"Brussels, Belgium  5 -6- 47

         MINISTER 
               OF
  FOREIGN AFFAIRS
             AND
EXTERIOR COMMERCE.

Direction 0-No 8703
Annex 3

Sir,

It pleases His Royal Highness the Prince Regent to bestow upon you the decoration - KNIGHT of the ORDER of LEOPOLD.  Please accept my congratulations for the distinction being bestowed upon you, and hereafter you have the honor by reason of the insignia to be addressed as such.  This copy confirms the fact that you have been awarded this decoration.

Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my distinguished consideration.

By the Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Director

/s/
E. VAN DER HELST


American Campaign Service Medal:

American Campaign Medal


European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal:

European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal


World War II Victory Medal:

World War II Victory Medal


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