CWO4 (BOSN) Friend J. "Joe" Cornell, PACTACLET Plankowner Passes

CORNELL Friend Joe Cornell, 79, of Atlantic Beach, FL passed away on Sept. 15, 2013. He was born March 21, 1934 in Binghamton, NY. Joe retired from the US Coast Guard as a Warrant Officer 4 after 34 years of service. He was an active member and past Post Commander of American Legion Post 129; a member of The Fleet Reserve 290, and a lifetime member of the VFW. He was also a member of Community Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder, Deacon and Trustee. Joe is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pat; daughters, Dani (Tim), Beth (Mike) and Toni (Jerry); stepsons, Jim (Heather) and Marc (Rose); grandsons, Gehrig, Taran, Travis, Levi, Jeremiah and Zachary; and granddaughter, Paige. A Celebration of his life will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 in the American Legion Post 129. 


Provided Bereavement Assistance to our Brother BMC Georges Mealha, who had just lost his newborn daughter unexpectedly. The CGTLEA stepped in to help in this time of need and if you would like to contribute to the fund that helped to take care of Chief Mealha and will continue to take care of our own in times of greatest need, please donate Now…Services were held on Wednesday, February 20th, at 0900 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in San Diego.


The Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Association was notified that an active duty Petty Officer in our community had recently experienced the sudden death of his spouse. This happened while the member was TDY, and the family has two young children.

Due to your membership commitments, we were able to immediately provide an amount of financial support. Additionally, since our original notification of this situation, several of our members have made generous donations specifically for this cause, and all of those funds will be given directly to the family. Admittedly, any amount of funds seems small in comparison to the circumstances facing this young family, but hopefully this support can be used to offset incurred expenses and enable our brother to focus on his family while we help ease some the burden in this time of immense need and grief. Please keep our brother and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

The CGTLEA is in its early infancy, and this type of swift support would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our members. Thank you. Your actions are a powerful demonstration that we take care of our own in the Coast Guard and in the Tactical Law Enforcement community. Should anyone wish to contribute to our bereavement efforts, we encourage you, and your family and friends, to join and/or donate.