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Capt. Fred Gillikin

On April 18, 1970, Capt. Fred Gillikin oldest living Coast Guardsman, was honored by Morehead City, upon the celebration, honoring the Coast Guards 180 years of service to the State and Nation.

Born March 14, 1878 he had married the former Beulah B. Lewis of Harkers Island. They moved into the house he still occupies at Marshallberg.

On August 1, 1907, he re-enlisted and was sent back to Core Banks with the rate of No. 1 Surfman. On July 1, 1914, he was promoted to Keeper of Cape Lookout Station, and when the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Lifesaving Service merged on January 28, 1915, his rank was changed to Bosum.

On May 1, 1916, Mr. Gillikin was transferred back to Core Banks station as Officer-In -Charge. He stayed there until May 1, 1928, when he was transferred to Cape Henry, Virginia, as Officer-In -Charge, remaining there until September 12, 1929, when he returned to Cape Lookout as Officer -In -Charge.

On December 1, 1938, he was transferred to the Fort Macon Coast Guard Station. On December 1, 1939, he was retired from the Coast Guard.

On October 1, 1941, he was called back to active duty and sent to Washington D.C. but because of an illness at home, he was transferred back to Fort Macon.

On November 1, 1941, after 36 years of service and just prior to World War II, he retired with the rate of Chief Warrant Officer for the second and last time.

"I've been on inactive duty ever since, but I'm subject to call any time," he commented in deadly seriousness recently.

On July 23, 1969, after 67 years of marriage, his wife died. Together they produced 12 children, of which two sons and six daughters survive.

-Taken from Historic Carteret County North Carolina, 1663-1975

Mrs. Fred Hill, Editor

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