Vice Adm. John P. Currier arrives after landing a Coast Guard helicopter for the final time before being relieved as the ancient albatross by Rear Adm. John H. Korn, commander of the Coast Guard 7th District, during a change of watch ceremony at Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, June 4, 2014. Currier, the 28th vice commandant of the Coast Guard, previously served in Traverse City and is retiring in the area. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
Vice Adm. John Currier, a former Coast Guard vice commandant who unknowingly received a prestigious award for a daring hoist rescue of 10 men from a sinking fishing vessel in 1980, died March 1 in his home in Michigan. He was 68.
Currier, whose 38-year Coast Guard career included service as the 28th vice commandant, is survived by his wife, Mary Jane. The couple was married for more than 40 years and moved to six duty stations from Alaska to Florida.
A Life Member of MOAA, Currier began his career as a naval aviator when he commissioned from Officer Candidate School in 1976. A few years later, the junior officer was stationed in the North Atlantic when he received a distress call that would test his flight skill – and brazen courage.
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