Clipped From The Escanaba Daily Press
CAPT. DEEGAN RKTIRKD Marquette — More than 4 4 years’ service in the coast guard, from the days of the oar-lugged hosts to those of modern gasoline engine types, will come to a close February 1 for Chief Boatswain Thomas E. Deegan, in command of tho Marquette station for 23 years, who announced yesterday that he would retire on that date. Captain Deegan, who was born in Au Sable, Mich., on May 14. 1 S7f». entered tho service on August 1 7. 1894, at what was then the Grindstone City station in command of Captain Henry GUI, father of his wife. Two years later the station was moved one and one-half miles tip the shore of I^ake Huron and the present Port Austin station established He served continuously at Port Austin until April 10, 1916, when as No. 1 surfman, he was transferred to the Marquette station, commanded by the late Captain Henry Cleary. One year later Captain Cleary died and Deegan was placed in chsrge. On January 10, 1917, he was made a boatswain and given command at Marquette. His latest promotion, to chief boatswain, came on February 15. 1 93K, with his commission as a chief warrant officer signed by President Franklin I). Roosevelt.