Flotilla 42, Rochester, New York

History of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Rochester, New York


The following information is an overview of the Flotilla History. For a more in depth view, go to our WOW page, Click Here.

1934 - A west coast yachtsman proposed to the Coast Guard an idea of a Coast Guard Reserve to establish a relationship between the Coast Guard and the boating community.

June 23, 1939 - U.S. Congress legislated the establishment of the Coast Guard Reserve as a volunteer Civilian organization comprised of U.S. citizens. It was this year that the first members of the future Rochester Coast Guard Auxiliary started as volunteer Coast Guard Reservists.

February 19, 1941 - Coast Guard Reserve was restructured with the start of WWII. The civilian portion was called the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a new Coast Guard Reserve functioned as a military unit. The Reserve consisted of Regulars who had to meet certain requirements and Temporary Reservists (TRs) who could not meet requirements. The ‘temporary’ designation referred to the member as the member was not on full time duty. Members of the Auxiliary could offer to become TRs and many of our Rochester original members enrolled. These TRs offered their boats for war time patrol in the local area as well as performing shore patrol. The Coast Guard requisitioned guns for these vessels.

1942 - First Coast Guard Auxiliary uniforms (khakis) were authorized.

April 13, 1943 - The Rochester Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-01 was established headed by J. Webb L. Sheehy and Harold Field who were both TRs. The Auxiliary trained members to become TRs. (This training was a for runner of our current member & Public Education training.)

1945 - The Temporary Reserves were demobilized at wars end and all TRs were “honorably disenrolled” and awarded the Victory Medal.

1947 - When the Sodus Flotilla disbanded, 7 members transferred to Rochester Flotilla 3-01.

1947 - 1950 - J. Webb L. Sheehy held the office of Vice Commodore of Area O (a part of District 9) which covered Lake Ontario west to Dunkirk and south to Ithaca. In 1951 he was elected as District Commodore.

January 1948 - The Public Education and Vessel Examination programs were established.

May 1950 - Flotilla 3-01 acquired its’ current building from the estate of Lorraine Gussen.

1950 - Flotilla 3-1 had an Auxiliary aircraft piloted by Lawrence C. Gleason VFC.

1952 - The Auxiliary District 9 reorganized its Divisions and Flotillas changing Flotilla 3-1 to 2-4.

1955 - J.Webb L. Sheehy was elected as the 3rd National Commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

1960s - Al Bowers and Jack Palmer had Auxiliary aircraft facilities.

November 1974 - District 9 reorganized changing Flotilla 2-4 to 4-2. All members of the old 2-4 were assigned new ID numbers and became charter members of 4-2.

1975 - The Auxiliary switched from the original khaki uniforms to blues. National said the khakis could be worn until they wore out. Well, these khakis seemed to not wear out fast enough so National directed all to change to blues.

1975 - The 42 elections could not produce a Flotilla Commander so we were granted a waiver for Richard Tanner to run for a third consecutive term. We had to do a little arm twisting with Richard but he conceded for 1 more term.

1970s - 1980s - Annual weekend SAR training cruises to various lake ports were a tradition. One team would be charged with establishing coordinates where they would set out early in the morning to set the markers. Four to five teams with boats and crew, each assigned to a marker, would set out to locate and collect the markers.

1990s - The Auxiliary has constantly improved processes to make our efforts more productive with better training and technology such as Boat Crew, Coxswain and GPS training.

March 2001 - Auxiliarists from 42 and 48 manned Station Rochester for a few days when the Station duty crew was dispatched to Buffalo to help in the search for 4 Coast Guardsmen missing on routine patrol.

November 2002 - A train wreck near our Base caused a fire that narrowly missed our building requiring the Flotilla to have meetings and PE classes at Holy Cross church until February 2003.

January 2006 - The Auxiliary Career Counselor (CC) program was terminated and replaced by the new Academy Admissions Partner Program (AAPP). This was done to adapt Coast Guard Academy recruiting to meet today’s competitive college recruiting challenges. Flotilla 42 remains active in the new program. A new CG support program began rolling out known as Aux/Chef subsequently changed to Aux/FS (food services) with a few Flotilla 42 members getting qualified.

2010 - 2012 - Major building repair in replacing sills, new front and sign to building.

January 2013 - New core training requirements were introduced by national to put all Auxiliary members on the some footing as Coast Guard personnel.

April 2013 - The Flotilla historical archives for the period 1939 - 1st quarter 2013 were all scanned, reproduced on CDs and distributed to members.

NOTE: This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
Last Update: 29 September 2018