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Coat of Arms



Per pile Gules and Sable, surmounted by a chevron reversed divided per chevron reversed Argent and Celeste, overall a fouled anchor Or piercing a wreath fimbriated of the last Purpure and in chief a decrescent of the third.


From a wreath Argent and Gules issuant from a stormy sea Azure, peaked of the first and on a night sky a demi-polar bear bearing a life ring in its forepaws all Proper, the number "93" displayed within the life ring Gules.


A scroll Vert turned Or with swallow tail ends inscribed with the motto, "STEWARD OF THE SEA," in Yellow letters.


A sword and cutlass in saltire Proper.


The coat of arms as blazoned upon a white disc enclosed by a dark blue border edged on the outside with a gold rope and inscribed "USCGC CHARLES DAVID JR" above and "WPC 1107" in yellow letters below.



The red, white and blue of the shield are the traditional Coast Guard colors. The decrescent in chief is the rating insignia of Stewards-Mate First Class Charles Walter David, Jr. and here indicates his station on ship. The pile and chevron reversed shapes convey that Charles David, Jr. left his station and repeatedly dove into the stormy and frigid night seas of the North Atlantic to assist with the rescue of men from the torpedoed troop ship Dorchester. Mr. David also helped rescue his fellow ship mates from the USCGC Comanche who had also gone into the sea to assist with the rescue effort. The black pile reminds us that it was night and represents the heroic determination and strength that Charles David, Jr. exhibited. The purple wreath is significant of sacrifice, for Mr. David died a few days later of pneumonia. For his courage that night, Stewards-Mate First Class Charles Walter David, Jr. received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, here represented by the fouled anchor in honor point.


The event took place on a dark and stormy night off the shores of Greenland, here represented by the polar bear. The effort saved the lives of 93 men of the torpedoed troop ship Dorchester, here represented by the number "93" within the life ring.


The sword and cutlass represent the crew of the USCGC CHARLES DAVID JR.

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