Thank you to QMCS Carl Backman, USCG-Retired, for contributing this great image of the HONEY FITZ at the new concrete docks constructed at CGSTA Lake Worth Inlet. The view is looking south at Lake Worth with Palm Beach in the background on the left and West Palm Beach on the right. Senior Chief Backman was part of an eight man detachment from Woods Hole, Massachusetts in the First Coast Guard District, that served as President John F. Kennedy's Security Detail. During summer months they worked from a private home in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
He says: "When President Kennedy's family moved to West Palm Beach after Thanksgiving 1962 we moved with them. We returned to Base Woods Hole in the spring of 1963. There was three groups of people at the station: those permanently assigned to the station and were not involved in the Security Patrol, TAD personnel from the Seventh Coast Guard District who were trained by and worked for us during the President's stay. We were Temporary Additional Duty from CCGDONE and we ran the Security Patrol."
Senior Chief Backman retired from the U. S. Coast Guard in May 1979.