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Captain George C. Kozel

26 Aug 1915 - 6 Feb 1977

  • Born, 26 August 1915
  • Graduated, John Adams H.S., NYC
  • Enlisted, U.S. Coast Guard, 20 April 1935
  • Honorably Discharged, 19 April 1938
  • U.S. Coast Guard Officer Training School for Merchant Officers
  • Employed by Isthmian Steamship Company, May 1938 to August 1973
  • On loan to Maritime Commission as a Training & Watch Officer, Fort Schuyler, NYC, July 1942 to December 1942
  • Worked for Isthmian in the following categories:
    • Marine Personnel
    • Jr. Third Mate
    • Third Mate
    • Second Mate
    • Chief Officer
    • Master
    • Assistant Pier Superintendent
    • Pier Superintendent
    • Terminal Manager
  • When States Marine purchased Isthmian, was appointed Terminal Manager of their operation at the Breakwater Pier, Erie Basin Terminal, NYC, in 1956
  • Elected President of the Marine Society of the City of New York, 12 January 1970. The Marine Society of the City of New York is a charitable and educational organization, the regular membership being composed entirely of seafarers, all of whom must be, or have been Captains or Officers of merchant vessels under the United States flag. It was formed in colonial days, and formally chartered by King George III in 1770 to "...improve maritime knowledge and relieve indigent and distressed shipmasters, their widows and orphans..." Among the early honorary members of the Society was President George Washington.

Helen M. Schirmer

24 May 1916 - 18 Apr 2004

George C. Kozel

26 Aug 1915 - 6 Feb 1977

The late Ens. Helen M. Schirmer USN (Mrs. George C. Kozel) was a
Registered Nurse, and a graduate of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Press Release dated 14 Feb 1956.

Capt. George C. Kozel will act as host to Sonny Fox and the CBS Television program, Lets Take a Trip, aboard the Steel Recorder, docked at Erie Basin Terminal.

Capt. George C. Kozel and Sonny Fox aboard the Steel Recorder, Sunday, 19 February 1956.

USCG Cutter Pandora (WPC-113)

USCG Cutter Pandora Crew
Nassau, BWI, Feb 1936

George C. Kozel
lower row, second from right

S.S. Steel Engineer

S.S. George M. Bibb
New York, 15 Feb 1944.

Coincidentally, George C. Kozel was aboard.

S.S. Mandan Victory
New York, 1947.

Flyover salute to the USCGC Pandora (WPC-113)

From the U.S. Coast Guard (pdf):

USCGC Pandora, built for the Coast Guard by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was launched 30 June 1934 and was sponsored by Miss Margaret Hughes. She was the daughter of the Honorable James F. Hughes, a member of Congress from Wisconsin. The Pandora was commissioned as a large cruising cutter, was assigned permanent station at Miami, and commenced patrol and rescue operations out of Miami in the summer of 1934.

The cutter was headquartered at Miami until 1939, when she transferred to Key West. She undertook a "Goodwill Cruise" to Mexico and Central America in January, 1940. With the outbreak of hostilities, Executive Order 8929 of 1 November 1941 transferred the Coast Guard to the Navy and the cutter was assigned to the Eastern Sea Frontier. Pandora served as a naval coastal patrol and rescue craft out of Key West through the war years.

She returned to the control of the Treasury Department 1 January 1946 and continued patrol and rescue duties in Gulf coastal waters until 1959, when she decommissioned and was sold for scrap.

USCGC Pandora (WPC-113) passing Morro Castle, at the entrance to Havana Bay, Cuba

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