DUPONT — The family of Wil Toole, formerly of Pittston, recently presented him with a statue of a Coast Guardsman saluting as he holds a USCG flag. The statue is set in Toole’s back yard, permanently saluting a 20-foot flagpole which flies the Unites States flag and the Coast Guard flag.
A veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Toole served on active duty from 1961 to 1965 and spent just under three years aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Half Moon, a 311 CG foot ship that patrolled the North Atlantic. Toole achieved the rank of Third Class Petty Officer in the rate of Boatswainmate.
During his service, Toole earned the Coast Guard “E” Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Coast Guard Sea Service Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Navy Expeditionary Medal, awarded to members of the Navy or Coast Guard who took part in an undeclared war action and qualifies the holder for full membership in the VFW.
Toole is authorized to wear the following commemorative medals: The Cold War Victory Medal, The United States Coast Guard Military Honorable Service Medal and the U.S. Military Honorable Service Medal.
Toole is a member of the Dupont FVW Post 4909, the Pittston American Legion Post 0477, the NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association and the Coast Guard Sea Veterans.